An Analysis of the Advanced Cruise Missile System Program Office Engineering Change Proposal Process
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This study investigated the engineering change proposal ECP process in the Advanced Cruise Missile System Program Office SPO. Specifically, efforts were geared toward verifying a problem with the timeliness of the process and identifying the specific problems leading to untimeliness. Also, a survey questionnaire was analyzed to assist in the development of conclusions about the problems with the ECP process. The major conclusion was that the personnel in the Advanced Cruise Missile SPO were not taking advantage of the opportunity to review a preliminary copy of the ECP, called a Technical Change Package TCP. By doing so, the SPO could have produced better quality ECPs which the approval authorities perhaps could have approved as written. However, because of content and documentation errors, the ECPs had to be deferred or approved with comments. These ECPs that were approved with comments required additional process steps which added significantly to the amount of time required for eventual approval. The recommendation was made for the SPO to educate the personnel about the importance of an adequate TCP review, encourage improvement through the adoption of an awards program, and take steps to educate those personnel in the SPO who need training.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles