The Perceived Effects on Weapon Systems Acquisition in Air Force Systems Command While Operating under a Continuing Resolution Authority
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This thesis reflects the perceived effects of a Continuing Resolution Authority CRA on weapon systems acquisition as observed by experienced acquisition personnel. The analysis was accomplished by interviewing military and civilian personnel assigned to Air Force Systems Commands Space Division and Aeronautical Systems Division. The analysis reflects the perceived cost, schedule, contracting, and other impacts caused by a CRA. In addition, issues regarding CRA guidelines and suggested changes to CRA policy were addressed. Furthermore, the analysis discusses the inefficiencies caused by a CRA and the adjustments personnel have made and are making to reduce andor avoid the impacts of a CRA. The results of this research effort indicate that a CRA has become more the rule than the exception. Consequently, personnel have learned to plan for it and work around it as best as they can. The net effect is an increased administrative burden in all four areas of acquisition that were researched. ALl interviewees felt a CRA should be the exception versus the rule and that Congress should make changes to eliminate the conditions which have been causing a CRA year after year. Few felt that changing the fiscal year to coincide with the calendar year would solve the CRA problem. Some felt that changing the fiscal period from one to two years had potential as being a partial solution. Other recommendations are discussed.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies