Pollution Prevention in Air Force System Acquisition Programs
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Neither the Air Force nor the Department of Defense has instituted a comprehensive pollution-prevention policy for its system acquisition programs. This research employs an embedded case study to examine pollution prevention implementation within the overall Air Force systems acquisition framework and involves several units of analysis. The main unit is the acquisition process as a whole. The subunits include four aerospace contractors that are involved in major acquisition programs. The companies studied are Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, Lockheed Fort Worth Company, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace - East, and Pratt Whitneys Government Engines and Space Propulsion unit. Individual case studies of the subunits are included and are used to address the overall acquisition process. In addressing the overall process, pollution prevention implementation in the aerospace industry is described first. The global case study describes and compares the companies pollution prevention objectives, strategies, and policies, pollution prevention paradigms, contextual factors, and pollution prevention program implementation. Next, a pollution prevention implementation framework is developed and evaluated as a means for integrating pollution prevention, environmental impact analysis, and system engineering and design in the systems acquisition process. The framework helps demonstrate the need for a system of pollution prevention analysis in addition to environmental impact analysis. Finally, three broad DoD-level policy issues that were identified in the case study are examined and recommendations for changing DoD policy are made.
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