An Examination of the Life Support Equipment Development and Acquisition Process.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This thesis examined the process of life support equipment development and acquisition. This research identified the how the present process works, and the problems of the process. The research was limited to the development and acquisition of life support equipment for tactical aircraft. However, most of the problems and steps of the process are shared by life support equipment programs for other users. The process was determined by referring to applicable regulations and interviewing people involved in the process. Problems were identified by asking for them during the interviews, and by examining the process as a whole. Seven problems are identified, of which five are considered correctable in the current defense acquisition framework. Four of the five problems deal with the management of the acquisition and development process, and combined indicate the lack of an integrated approach to the acquisition and development process. Solutions were developed from suggestions obtained during the interviews and through qualitative analysis of the problems. The results of this examination indicate that problems exist in the life support equipment development and acquisition process and that the development of an integrated process is necessary to solve these problems. An integrated solution is proposed in the recommendations.
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