DDG-1000 Missile Integration: A Case Study
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is a case study that examines missile development and integration for the DDG-1000 program. In particular, it analyzes various programmatic decisions through the lens of systems engineering standards, articles in scholarly journals, established government acquisition guidelines, and case studies of government and commercial engineering projects. Four risks were identified. First, failure to establish top-level requirements that reflect DDG-1000 specific needs introduces the potential for the missiles to fail performance or safety evaluations. Second, late requirement changes imposed by the government increase the potential for costly rework and schedule delays if integration issues surface during testing. Third, a use as is decision meaning that legacy missile requirements were applied to the DDG-1000 missile effort could result in an inadequate system architecture andor late identification of system incompatibilities. Finally, organizational and funding issues have hampered the establishment and efficiency of engineering change control and integration management. The thesis recommends that DOD acquisitions continue to emphasize and enable rigorous application of system engineering early in the acquisitions process that all programs perform a thorough flow-down of requirements even if utilizing legacy systems and that all funding for weapon development be placed in the control of the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems.
- Marine Engineering
- Guided Missiles