Applications of the Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support (CALS) initiative to the evolved SEASAPPROW Missile program
Fuhs, Hans Georg
McCaffrey, Martin J.
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This thesis reviews the Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support (CALS) initiative and its data format specifications and analyzes how they were applied to the Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ES SM) Program. The CALS initiative and its data format specifications were developed to facilitate management of defense system technical data. With recent reforms in defense acquisition policy called for in Secretary of Defense memorandum, "Specifications & Standards - A New Way of Doing Business" their application to defense system procurements has been questioned. Following a review of the CALS initiative and its data format specifications, an analysis of the application of the CALS initiative to the ESSM program is presented. Additionally, the information technology infrastructure at the Navy's weapon system In-service Support Engineering Agent (I SEA), Port Hueneme Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center is presented, and analyzed on its suitability to handle CALS-compliant data formats. This research concludes that the CALS initiative and its data format specifications should be reviewed as to their application to the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase contract of the ESSM Program. Furthermore, this research concludes that the information infrastructure at the ISEA is not fully prepared to handle technical data in CALS- compliant data formats. Finally, specific recommendations are made on how the Government should structure its Data Management Plan to convey to the prime contractor how it intends to manage technical data.
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