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Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) Case Study

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Authors
Mortlock, Robert F.
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Date of Issue
2017-07
Date
2017-07
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) case study encourages critical analysis of a U.S. Defense Department project at two key decision points: project start and production. The case centers on the development, testing, and procurement (also referred to as acquisition) of the ECH for U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Marines. Two things make this case study particularly interesting. First is that key project stakeholders are passionate about helmets because they save lives in combat and all Soldiers and Marines consider themselves subject matter experts on helmets, resulting in wide applicability. Second is the fact that the key decisions involved with the ECH effort involved ambiguous data within a complex acquisition environmentラrequiring decision making under uncertainty. The ECH case study reinforces critical thinking in uncertain environments, documents lessons learned for sound project management for future application, and provides wide private sector exposure to the complexities of public sector acquisition and helmet manufacture in particular.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Mortlock, R. F. (2017, July). Enhanced combat helmet (ECH) case study, teacher’s edition, (NPS-AM-17-212); available upon request. 
Department
Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
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NPS Report Number
NPS-AM-17-211
Sponsors
Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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Format
48 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.