An Analysis of the Support Equipment Acquisition Process and Methods of Improvement Designed to Reduce Acquisition Costs within Air Force Systems Command.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The acquisition of support equipment consumes a large portion of the defense budget. In 1984, the Air Force Systems Command spent 1.8 billion on the procurement of support equipment. In the past, support equipment has not received proper management attention. However, people are beginning to realize that support equipment is one of the major factors affecting the maintainability and reliability of the fielded weapon system. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the support equipment acquisition process within Air Force Systems Command and methods of improvement designed to reduce acquisition costs. The thesis considers support equipment from three perspectives in terms of the Integrated Logistics Support concept, within the framework of the weapon systems acquisition process, and finally the specifics of the acquisition process. The thesis consludes with a thorough examination of three methods multi-year contracting, breakout procurement, and local manufacture, presently being used within Air Force Systems Command to reduce support equipment acquisition costs. Presented are the benefits, disadvantages, and criteria for use of each method.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies