Maturing Weapon Systems for Improved Availability at Lower Costs
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Now is a critical time for the Army to understand and address the especially difficult RM reliability and maintainability challenges presented by high-tech components. New weapon systems will increasingly depend on such components in order to achieve the technological margin of superiority that U. S. forces have relied upon to overcome quantitatively superior foes. Without effective management of the RM of these systems, their full designed performance may not be achieved and support costs may greatly exceed projected budgets. The objective of this research is to develop policies and procedures to help the Army reduce the burden caused by the failures of certain high-tech chiefly digital, high-cost Class IX components. Taken together, these policies and procedures compose an approach to weapon system design and redesign that we term maturation development. Maturation development seeks to improve the detection, reporting, isolating, and removing of component faults it also identifies and implements changes to component design that improve RM. Maturation development can be applied both to new systems, such as the proposed Comanche helicopter, and to major modifications upgrades of fielded systems, such as the Apache helicopter or M1A1 tank.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Combat Vehicles