Cost estimating methods utilized by the defense aerospace industry in the production of technical data.
Lemire, Joseph Wilfred Jr.
Lamm, David V.
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A great deal of attention is currently being focused on the Government's purchase of technical data for competitive reprocurement. Both legislative and regulatory initiatives require contractors to price data and make it available for Government purchase. This research examines the methods used by defense aerospace contractors to estimate the cost of producing their technical data. The study, through the use of personal interviews, determined that defense aerospace contractors principally employ analog and engineering estimating methods. Parametric methods are used only for estimating the production cost of technical manuals, and as "reasonableness checks" for estimates developed by either analog or engineering means.
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