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Setting Requirements Differently Could Reduce Weapon Systems Total Ownership Costs

By General Accounting Office

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Book Id: WPLBN0000003073
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Setting Requirements Differently Could Reduce Weapon Systems Total Ownership Costs  
Author: General Accounting Office
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Accountability in government, United States. General Accounting Office
Collections: Government Library Collection, Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection
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Publisher: United States General Accounting Office (Gao)


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Office, G. A. (n.d.). Setting Requirements Differently Could Reduce Weapon Systems Total Ownership Costs. Retrieved from

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Excerpt: Even though DOD has implemented several initiatives to reduce total ownership costs, some systems, such as the Apache helicopter or the Abrams tank, have experienced costly maintenance problems and low readiness rates, which persisted even after the systems were fielded. We found several reasons for these problems. First, DOD based requirements for weapon systems in product development almost exclusively on technical performance, with little attention to operating and support costs and readiness at the beginning of development when there is the greatest chance of affecting those costs positively. Second, using immature technologies to meet performance goals weakened DOD?s ability to design weapon systems with high reliability. Finally, DOD?s organizational structure is linear and limits collaboration and feedback among organizations charged with requirements setting, product development, and maintenance.


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