Revolutionizing Army Usage of Modeling and Simulation as an Element of Acquisition Reform.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis examines the use of modeling and simulation MS technology in streamlining the Armys acquisition process by comparing it to commercial use of MS. It establishes that the Army views MS as anything short of combat and that it plays an integral part as a tool in mitigating risk in the acquisition process. The Army has recognized some areas for improving its use within the current acquisition framework. In comparison, the best businesses in the commercial sector have adopted MS technology as a cornerstone to improving their entire acquisition process. They use MS not just as a tool but as a foundation, linking a variety of functions together. This integrated MS system linked with a horizontal management structure and a flexible, three-phase process provides the synergy to field new products in less time and cost than previously. The Army could use MS technology to improve acquisition practices if it adopted a three-phase acquisition process and a linked MS system.
- Administration and Management
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems