A Study of the Department of Defense Configuration Management Policies and Procedures as Applied to the FA-18 Strike/Fighter Program.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis appraises the costs and benefits of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy Configuration Management CM program but only so far as to identify the present costs and benefits and their relationship. The FA-18 program is utilized as the research vehicle and is examined in terms of configuration management and control policies and procedures. The focus is on post-production-baseline configuration control. An overview of critical CM issues in the governmentcontractor relationship is presented and their impact on the FA-18 program is analyzed. It was determined that current policies and procedures cannot insure control of the product baseline in highly sophisticated and broadly integrated weapon systems. Responsibility for CM is too fragmented and the system too cumbersome to allow effective and efficient information flow. In most cases, CM inefficiencies identified in the FA-18 program were previously addressed by program management and extraordinary work arounds implemented to ensure future FA-18 supportability. Recommendations for improvement of Configuration Management and Control for future programs are made. Author
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft