Project Management of the Davy Crockett Weapons System
ARMY WEAPONS COMMAND ROCK ISLAND IL
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The task of writing the history of the development of the unique Davy Crockett weapons systems was received in June 1963. The Davy Crockett system was singularly appropriate for coverage in a historical monograph. This equipment was the first project managed item at this Headquarters it was also the highest priority project ever assigned. The man-transportable atomic characteristic, together with other innovations and special requirements made it unique among projects for this organization. The task of writing this monograph was undertaken in March 1964. Due to unforseen circumstances the project was re-directed, in June 1964, and restricted to only the techniques and activities of the project management organization rather than a comprehensive history of the complete weapon. It is extremely difficult to draw any conclusions about the management of the Davy Crockett weapons systems development, except to say, it was successful. This cursory opinion results from the fact that only a tattered remanent of documents concerning this vital activity exist. The Davy Crockett project office, upon its dissolution in September 1961, disposed of all of its correspondence, the greater part of its reports, and maintained only a representative sampling of technical reports. This narrative has been based completely upon these last documents. The special circumstances of writing this material, with a dearth of sources, was made easier by the aid and interest of the former deputy to the Special Assistant, Mr. George A. Hesse, Headquarters, U. S. Army Weapons Command. With the aid and advice of Mr. Hesse, and former members of the project staff, we have made every effort to make this report complete and accurate.
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