The fuze industrial base at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California.
Klotz, Ellen M.
Lind, Judith H.
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The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division ( NAWCWPNS ) , China Lake, California, is responsible for the development and integration of missile fuzes for the Navy. NAWCWPNS is experiencing problems in acquiring fuzes that meet Government specifications. The purpose of this study has been to identify and propose solutions to these problems. A survey was conducted to obtain data from fuzing community experts, and the problems and solutions so obtained are provided. The five principal issues covered in detail are: (1) decreases in the fuze industrial base, (2) ambiguous or faulty specifications, (3) the fuze acquisition award process, (4) contract performance, and (5) the adversarial relationships that exist between contractors and the Government. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations for enhancements to the fuze industrial base are provided.
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