Using the Systems Engineering Process to Balance the Interdependence of Mission Capability, Operations and Support Costs, and System Utility Rates : What's T&E's Role?
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This research project defines the interdependent relationship between a weapon system''s mission capabilities, O&S costs, operational utility rate, and their impacts on overall mission effectiveness of an operational combat unit. By analyzing the sub-elements of both operational effectiveness and operational suitability it can be shown how operational effectiveness is a dependent element of operation suitability. Additionally, it will be demonstrated how support costs influence operational suitability parameters of a weapon system, which then impacts a combat unit''s overall mission effectiveness. Since support costs have such a critical relationship with operational suitability factors, the project also defines the current relationships between Service Cost and T&E communities to question whether or not there is the requisite level of integration of effort between the two organizations to accurately assess weapon system costs and capability prior to production.
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NPS Report NumberNPS-AM-04-022
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