Component Obsolescence: Presentation of a Decision Process for Assessing and Selecting Alternative Solutions Applicable to Major Weapon Systems Production
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The capability to maintain and sustain military forces in peacetime deterrence and mobilization missions relies heavily upon the continued availability of system components. Advancing technology threatens operating system and production support as older system designs become increasingly dependent upon obsolete technology. This thesis focuses upon situations in which the contracting officer is informed by the prime contractor that a subcontractor no longer plans to continue manufacturing a particular component needed to support a major weapon system production line, and the alternative courses of action which can be taken when this occurs. The study defines the obsolescence problem and discusses why it occurs, describes current management initiatives and procedures to lessen the impact, identifies advantages and disadvantages associated with each alternative, and develops a formalized decision process for problem resolution.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies