An assessment of the Life Cycle Contracting Model for use by major aerospace weapon system acquisition managers
Annunziata, Kimberly J.
Boger, Dan C.
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This thesis assesses the utility of using the Life Cycle Contracting Model (developed by Dan C. Boger, Carl R. Jones, and Kevin C. Sontheimer) in major weapon systems acquisition. The conclusions are based on an analysis of LCC model simulated "real world" follow-on production contracting scenarios. "What if" changes are made to the contracting scenario parameters to understand how the LCC model might be used by major weapon system acquisition and contract managers. An analysis shows that the LCC model can be used to interpret the results of trade-off decisions and to assist the contract manager in developing sound negotiating strategy alternatives. Total contract cost to the government cannot be predicted with the model but the effects on total cost of contracting decisions can be inferred and compared. The LCC model can be used to justify deviations from full and open production competition and to demonstrate the predicted results of viable, lower cost alternatives to firm fixed price contracting.
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