A Case Study of the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV) Program from a Program Management Perspective.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This research effort focused on the program management issues of the U.S. Marine Corps Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle AAAV Program. The research answered the primary question of what were the critical program management decisions during the early phases of the program and how would an analysis of these decisions affect the future of the AAAV program. Interviews were conducted with key personnel from the AAAV office and General Dynamics Land Systems. Additionally, program documents and other relevant literature were reviewed. The key findings of the research effort concluded that reducing technical risk early in program is critical Program Managers PMs must influence system design as early as possible physical collocation of Government and contractor personnel facilitates the implementation of integrated Product and Process Development lPPD and Integrated Product Teams lPTs the use of IPPD and IPTs has helped the AAAV program but personnel need to be trained before implementation adopting an evolutionary acquisition strategy will help prevent component obsolescence prior to fielding and PMs should use special contracting provisions to incentivize contractors to reduce total ownership costs.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles