Early Comparability Analysis (ECA) Procedural Guide
ARMY SOLDIER SUPPORT CENTER-NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION ALEXANDRIA VA
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Future force integration requirements will impact heavily on Army manpower, personnel, and training MPT resources. The demand for more highly sophisticated weapon systems is accompanied by requirements for increased numbers of skilled personnel. This increased requirement for skilled personnel is known as skill creep and is fast becoming one of the most crucial problems in the materiel acquisition process. The number of highly qualified personnel, in the recruiting base, is limited. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the Army must compete with the other branches of the service as well as the civilian sector for this limited number of highly skilled personnel. MPT factors must be considered early in the materiel acquisition process to insure that the Armys needs for such skilled personnel can be met. It has been estimated that 70 percent of life cycle cost decisions are made by the end of the concept phase of the acquisition process. The Early Comparability Analysis ECA methodology was developed as a tool to assist Combat Developers CD in the timely and effective introduction of MPT considerations early in the system acquisition process. ECA methodology is based on an analysis of the operator, maintainer, and repairer tasks associated with predecessor andor reference systems.
- Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies