Notable Achievements of the Naval Weapons Center
Final rept. Sep 89-Jun 90,
NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA
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The Naval Weapons Center NWC, China Lake, Calif., has an extraordinary record of achievement stretching over nearly 50 years. This report is an overview of the way China Lake operates and how China Lake manages change. Major emphasis will be on how programs are or should be carried out-contractual arrangement, interaction with other Navy entities, focus of responsibility, and other aspects of the management of weapon system development programs. Integral in this management is the close partnership between China Lake and the Systems Commands. The Systems Commands are the sponsors and also the innovators who have allowed-in fact, directed-the achievements recorded here. This report discusses the facilities of the Center-the extensive land, airspace, and elaborate test and evaluation TE facilities that are the foundations of the concept of doing everything under one roof, and the importance of this to the Centers long- running success story. The report highlights some of the Centers achievements, beginning with contributions that go back to World War II. Included are postwar rocket development work, and contributions of a quick-response nature to the wars in Korea and Vietnam. The appendix to this report describes some of the numerous weapons and other systems that have been designed here and ultimately delivered to the Fleet. A few of these weapons systems are discussed in the text, in terms of how they were managed and carried out, to reaffirm the validity of the operating mode described here.
- Humanities and History
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods