Accession Number:

ADA528207

Title:

Supply Chain Planning with Incremental Development, Modular Design, and Evolutionary Updates

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI

Report Date:

2009-04-22

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

The policy specified by DoDI 5000.02 prescribes an evolutionary acquisition strategy. Products with long life cycles such as torpedoes, evolutionary updates via incremental development, modular design updates, technology refreshes, technology insertions, and Advanced Processor Builds are all in play at the same time. Various functional elements of the weapon system are often redesigned during the life cycle to meet evolving requirements. Component obsolescence and failures must also be anticipated and addressed in upgrade planning. Within each weapon systems evolutionary acquisition, cycle-changing requirements may expose weaknesses that have to be rectified across the inventory. New acquisition paradigms such as modular design have to be introduced into the supply chain while maintaining inventory levels of previously designed weapons at a high level of readiness. Thus, a diverse set of requirements must be satisfied with a finite set of resources. The acquisition policy does not provide guidance on how to address cross-coordination and optimization of project resources. This paper explores decision models for balancing conflicting demands and discusses how these models address cross-coordination and optimization of project resources in the torpedo acquisition process while keeping the weapons efficiency and inventory effectiveness at or above minimum specified levels.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Torpedoes

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE