Microelectronic obsolescence management
Beck, Daniel S.
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The ability of the Department of Defense to execute its mission is directly dependent on the capability to produce and maintain weapon systems. Rapid advances in technology have been instrumental to the development of highly efficient and capable systems. However, they have also increased the rate electronic part manufacturers change product lines resulting in the Department of Defense's increasing dependence on obsolete electronic components. The objective of this thesis is to provide a viable tool for managers to eliminate, mitigate, and proactively manage the growing obsolescence problem. The thesis will define obsolescence, provide a comprehensive discussion of ongoing obsolescence initiatives, and provide a systematic approach to manage microelectronic obsolescence. The thesis will also explore and provide recommendations to address the increasingly common scenario where an ongoing weapon system production program receives little or no notification of a part going out of production.
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