Defense Industrial Base Analysis: Body Armor
Mortlock, Robert F.
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This defense industrial base analysis encourages critical analysis of a U.S. Department of Defense project facing typical management oversight questions regarding industrial base planning within defense acquisition. The case centers on the capability and capacity of the defense industrial base to develop and produce body armor for warfighters. The case study incorporates the perspectives from key stakeholders to include commercial industry companies, congressional committees, DoD senior leadership, and the program management/acquisition chain of command. Considerations include the balancing of limited resources against competing priorities, sustaining inventory for wartime readiness, managing the demand for increased capability, and balancing surge requirements with industry capacity. The case study reinforces critical thinking in uncertain environments, documents lessons learned for sound project management, and provides exposure to the complexities of public sector acquisition and body armor manufacture.
Excerpt from the Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Acquisition Research Symposium
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NPS Report NumberSYM-AM-22-035
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