The effects on weapon systems' producibility of suspending system development after Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD).
Hoivik, Thomas H.
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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the significant effects on producibility of weapon systems caused by suspending system development after prototype development. The focus of this thesis is to develop and recommend appropriate actions that DOD could take to reduce the producibility risk associated with implementation of Advanced Technology Demonstration (AID) strategies. It includes an analysis of the Defense Science and Technology Strategy Thrust Seven, "Technology for Affordability." It also provides a critical examination of ATD interfaces: SIMNET, CAD/CAM, CIM, CAE, CAPP, CADFM, Rapid Prototyping, and Agile (flexible) Manufacturing. An in-depth analysis of Design For Manufacturability (DFM) and its potential effects on program cost is also conducted. Representative producibility assessments performed on the A- 12 composite air frame and the Comanche helicopter airframe provide a basis for comparative analysis. The thesis concludes that rapid advances in manufacturing and information technologies offer potentially significant improvements in future RD&A efforts. It recommends that DOD pursue advanced technology enabling methodologies, enhanced (computer aided) systems integration, increased standardization and optimized use of critical manufacturing resources. It also recommends that DOD organize and capitalize a Defense Science and Technology Affordability Research Center (DSTARC).
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