The Enforcer aircraft program: a lower-cost alternative weapon system

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Authors
Holt, Robert P.
Dolan, Robert D.
Subjects
Enforcer aircraft
High/low mix
Aircraft acquisitions
Acquisition strategy
Comparative cost analysis
Close air support systems acquisition
Cost effectiveness analysis
Operational analysis
Advisors
Carrick, Paul M.
Date of Issue
1984-03
Date
March 1984
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
This research concerns a close air support weapon system known as the Enforcer aircraft. This system was first introduced to the military services from outside the formal competitive channels addressed in the procurement regulations. Although there is no specific operational requirement for an Enforcer type aircraft, it remains under consideration as a low cost alternative close support system in the so-called high/low mix acquisition strategy. The research analyzes the progress, to date, of the Enforcer as a system moving through the stages of the defense systems acquisition process. Emphasis is placed on the differing roles of the Enforcer's participants in that process. There is a detailed critical analysis of an Air Force Enforcer cost effectiveness analysis and of the models used in that analysis. Conclusions and recommendations arising from the study are included, especially as they relate to the expected defense acquisition environment in the latter half of the eighties.
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Department of Administrative Sciences
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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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.
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