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Drezner, Jeffrey A.

Works: 62 works in 197 publications in 1 language and 10,581 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Use studies  Rules  Specifications 
Roles: Author, Other, Honoree
Classifications: UC263, 359.62120973
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Most widely held works by Jeffrey A Drezner
The arsenal ship acquisition process experience : contrasting and common impressions from the contractor teams and joint program office by Robert S Leonard( )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arsenal Ship acquisition program was unique in two respects: it represented a new operational concept for Navy weapon systems, and its management structure and process represented a significant departure from traditional military ship-building programs. The Arsenal Ship program was, in effect, an experiment; while the Navy envisioned an array of mission capabilities for the ship, it set the project budget as the single immovable requirement. In the end, political and financial constraints caused the program's cancellation. Nevertheless, its acquisition approach and technical innovations have already had--and will continue to have--significant influence on other Navy ship-building programs. The lessons learned from the Arsenal Ship program, applied to existing and planned systems, should more than recover the money spent on it
Innovative management in the DARPA high altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle program : phase II experience by Jeffrey A Drezner( )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. military's development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has been hampered by cost overruns, schedule slippage, and disappointing operational results. The High Altitude Endurance UAV (HAE UAV) joint program, initiated under the direction of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), incorporates several innovative elements in its acquisition strategy that depart radically from traditional acquisition approaches. The program's development phase for the Global Hawk and DarkStar air vehicles is analyzed in this research. The HAE UAV program has experienced problems that are typical of newly implemented methods, but it has produced significant benefits, and provides lessons that could improve a wide variety of future acquisition processes
Environmental management in design : lessons from Volvo and Hewlett-Packard for the Department of Defense by Susan A Resetar( )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Defense Department, seeking methods to hold the line on environmental costs, can look to corporations in the private sector for novel approaches to environmental management. Corporations have learned that, if environmental issues are considered in the design stage, the payoffs over the life of the product or system can be large. The authors of this report concentrate on two corporations -- Volvo and Hewlett-Packard -- to identify the key factors that led to successful implementation of a design-for-environment program. The report shows, by drawing on the experience of Volvo, Hewlett-Packard, and other industry leaders, how DoD can incorporate pollution prevention into design activities of weapon systems without any loss of capability and with a potential for enormous savings
Using process redesign to improve DoD's environmental security program : remediation program management by Jeffrey A Drezner( )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In fiscal year 1994, approximately $2.4 billion was spent on cleanup (or remediation) activities through the Defense Environmental Restoration Account and the Base Realignment and Closure act; in fiscal year 1996, approximately $2.1 billion will be spent, slightly less than half of the total Department of Defense (DoD) environmental security budget. Efforts to increase the efficiency of remediation activities, either by reducing costs or accelerating the process through simplification and streamlining, could have a substantial effect on DoD's ability to meet its cleanup obligations within an increasingly constrained budget. By examining the remediation management programs of two large chemical companies, Olin Corporation and DuPont, the authors identified activities DoD could implement to improve its remediation of thousands of sites at active and closing installations and formerly used defense sites. The following were the core identified tasks: Distribute responsibilities between the central management group and decentralized execution teams, adopt a business process perspective, include more-focused use of performance measurement, proactively identify and manage potential liabilities, and improve stakeholder (regulator and community) interactions
Management perspectives pertaining to root cause analyses of Nunn-McCurdy breaches : contractor motivations and anticipating breaches by Mark V Arena( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With an eye to making defense acquisition more effective and efficient, the authors explore defense contractor motivations in pursuing defense contracts and identify mechanisms that might more closely align those incentives with Department of Defense goals. They enumerate several motivations that drive contractors, most of which center on the financial aspects of running an enterprise. Then, they turn to the other side of the negotiating table and identify areas of influence or levers that the government can use to align the contracting process more closely with contractor motivations. They also analyze major defense acquisition programs to determine if it is possible to identify programs that might incur a future Nunn-McCurdy breach by reviewing a number of acquisition programs that have incurred breaches in the past and analyzing them for common characteristics. Their analytic framework enables oversight officials to identify programs with a greater risk of incurring a critical cost breach, which enables officials to focus more intently on a smaller set of programs and which provides hypotheses about what to look for in these programs
Competition and innovation in the U.S. fixed-wing military aircraft industry by John Birkler( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first couple of decades following World War II, over a dozen firms competed vigorously to develop and produce U.S. military aircraft. During the ensuing years, some firms left the business and others merged, so that by 1990 only eight firms survived. In the following few years, the pace of consolidation quickened. Today, only three firms are capable of developing and producing major military aircraft systems. Policymakers have expressed concern that further consolidation could erode the competitive environment, which has been a fundamental driver of innovation in the military aircraft industry
An Analysis of weapon system cost growth by J.A Drezner( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cost growth in weapon system development, one result of the inherent risk of developing advanced systems, has been a prevalent problem for many years. A systematic bias in cost estimates can undermine the basis of resource allocation decisions, an important problem in a tight budget environment. Currently DoD is in this situation. This exploratory research attempts to gain new insight into this old acquisition issue. In particular, our objectives were to quantify the magnitude of cost growth in weapon systems, and identify factors affecting cost growth. A better understanding of the scope of the cost growth problem would provide decisionmakers with an improved basis for mitigating cost growth. Insight into the drivers of cost growth might suggest policy alternatives appropriate to the goal of mitigating cost growth. This research uses a database composed of 197 major weapon systems reporting through the Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) process as of December 1990 to address these issues. While we have quantified the magnitude of weapon system cost growth along a number of dimensions, we could not definitively account for the observed cost growth patterns. Thus, no silver bullet policy option is available for mitigating cost growth
The use of baselining in acquisition program management by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All major weapon system programs establish a program baseline early in the acquisition cycle which sets forth cost, schedule, and performance targets. If the thresholds are exceeded, a review and assessment procedure is initiated in an attempt to understand why the threshold was "breached" and how the program can be brought back on track. This research (1) develops an analytic tool to compare historical trends in the number, duration, and factors affecting breaches and (2) studies the relationship between program acquisition life-cycles and the factors affecting deviations from program baselines
Preliminary assessment of factors affecting DoD facility energy management capabilities by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DoD is the largest single energy using organization in the U.S. Achieving DoD's energy conservation goals has become increasingly important in a tight budget environment. This report documents Phase 1 of a larger study examining DoD's energy management capabilities and ways to enhance those capabilities. Energy management includes both technical (e.g., project design) and non-technical (e.g., education and awareness) activities. Based on extensive interviews of energy managers throughout DoD, we have identified several categories of factors affecting energy program success, including organizational factors, training and experience, communication and interactions, resources, and metrics and measuring. These areas suggest where energy policy emphasis should be placed
Reforming Mil-Specs : the Navy experience with military specifications and standards reform by Mark A Lorell( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study helps determine why Navy military specifications and standards reform (MSSR) was not completed within budget or in accordance with a self-imposed schedule. The report defines the status of Navy reforms, looks for reasons why the Navy missed its self-imposed reform completion date, describes primary options for completing the reforms, and identifies steps RAND could take to help the Navy choose among these options. To help them understand the perspectives, interests, and concerns of all who were involved in the reform effort, the authors collected data from and held discussions with various officials in the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Defense Logistics Agency. In addition, the authors examined the strategies adopted by the U.S. Air Force and Army, and evaluated why they were able to complete MSSR within their planned budgets and schedules. The authors tentatively conclude that the Navy's problems stemmed from the unique structure of its acquisition bureaucracy, as well as substantive concerns about MSSR. To help the Navy select among options for correcting the problem, four steps should be taken: Identify and collect data and information to explain the Navy's reform experience; explore options for reducing the cost and speeding the process; change the direction of the reforms as originally proposed; and examine how reforms have been accomplished in pilot programs elsewhere
A survey of DoD facility energy management capabilities by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the constrained budget environment of recent years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has placed increasing emphasis on enhancing installation and infrastructure management capabilities. Energy management is an important component of infrastructure management. DoD has a facility energy conservation goal of reducing consumption by 30 percent by the year 2005 (measured on a square foot basis from a 1985 baseline). At the same time, DoD is attempting to comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations, many of which have implications for energy management choices. However, shrinking defense budgets, downsizing and restructuring, and various management reforms are shifting emphasis away from energy management at DoD installations. This report documents RAND research assessing DoD's current capability to achieve energy policy goals at DoD installations. The authors identify what capability currently exists at DoD installations for implementing energy policy effectively and identify ways to enhance that capability through improved training and policy implementation
The defense system cost performance database : cost growth analysis using selected acquisition reports by Jeanne M Jarvaise( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The difference between estimated and actual costs--cost growth--in weapon system development has been a recurring problem. To facilitate long-term, comprehensive, and consistent analysis of weapon system cost growth, RAND has developed the Defense Systems Cost Performance Database (DSCPD). This database includes cost growth data derived from information in Selected Acquisition Reports, as well as a range of potential explanatory variables, including cost, schedule, and categorical information. This report documents the contents of the DSCPD; the authors discuss data sources, database structure, adjustments and normalization procedures used in the database, and caveats and limitations on its use. It is hoped that extensive use of the database by both governmental and nongovernmental analysts will improve understanding of the problem of cost growth in weapon systems and our ability to control it. The report includes a DOS disk with the two types of analysis files that are part of the DSCPD, in Excel 5.0. There is also a version available for the Macintosh operating system
Assessing the use of "Other transactions" authority for prototype projects by Giles K Smith( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An extensive set of laws, regulations, and mandated procedures govern the procurement of new weapon systems and ensure that the Department of Defense receives good value for the money spent and that government interests are protected. Some firms, especially those developing innovative technologies for the commercial market, find those rules burdensome and often refuse to work for the government. This prevents government access to the latest advances in key technologies. Congress authorized use of Other Transactions (OT) in 1994 for the development of prototypes "directly relevant to weapons or weapon systems" so that contractors are not required to comply with procurement-specific laws and regulations. DoD asked RAND to assess the experience of such OT projects (started between 1994 and 1998), which yielded three conclusions: new industrial resources are now participating in DoD prototype projects; benefits of OT are broad; and some risks to the government are incurred. RAND researchers believe the immediate rewards substantially outweigh the risks and if the OT authority flexibility is removed, most if not all of the benefits observed would again become unavailable to DoD."--Rand abstracts
Measuring the statutory and regulatory constraints on DoD acquisition: research design for an empirical study( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics asked RAND to evaluate the cost of compliance with acquisition-related statutes and regulations at the program office level. This report identifies the areas considered most burdensome and describes the study's methodology, focus, and data collection process, including the development of a Web-based data collection tool for use by program office personnel
Measuring the statutory and regulatory constraints on Department of Defense acquisition : an empirical analysis( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contrary to widespread perceptions, program office personnel do not spend inordinate amounts of time on statutory and regulatory compliance activities. Further, the authors could not identify any areas in which policy change or streamlining implementation would save significant dollars in program management funds, reduce personnel, or improve program outcomes
An analysis of weapon system acquisition schedules by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time required to divine and develop a new weapon system is an important element of the overall acquisition process. This study identifies the major factors controlling the pace of typical weapon acquisition programs and suggests reforms that may yield overall benefits through reduction of typical development time. Results of the analysis show that, although there are large variations in the duration of programs in each decade, the time to design and develop programs has apparently lengthened. There is no single, narrowly focused policy option that would reduce the length of the acquisition cycle. Rather, coordination of several different initiatives involving the cooperation of Department of Defense agencies and Congress is necessary. The authors found no strong association among the length of the plan, the factors affecting the plan, and the actual schedule outcome, suggesting that programs with fairly short plans can, in some circumstances, have successful schedule outcomes
Maintaining future military aircraft design capability( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Given present trends toward reduced force size and equipment buys, there is some concern about whether the military aircraft industry will be able to respond in an effective and timely manner to the nation's future defense needs. This report identifies and quantifies factors and trends potentially affecting design capability, and develops a conceptual framework for examining possible solutions to the problems identified. It considers whether a radically decreasing business base could force a reduction in industry size, possibly past some threshold required for an effective response to Air Force needs. The findings indicate that there will probably be enough business in the foreseeable future to sustain several aircraft companies in a sufficiently healthy state so that they will choose to remain in the military aircraft design business. However, the authors express concern that the declining experience base of aircraft design teams poses a serious threat to U.S. defense capability. At a minimum, they recommend elevating this issue to a higher level of visibility within the Department of Defense and considering issues associated with design capability as part of acquisition policy and program decisions
The nature and role of prototyping in weapon system development by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As part of a research effort to identify and analyze the range of system and subsystem prototyping strategies available to the Department of Defense and appropriate to the acquisition environment of the late 1980s and 1990s, this report examines the general nature of prototyping, develops an analytical framework for thinking about prototyping in weapon system development, and analyzes past and present prototyping programs within this framework. This analysis suggests that program-specific characteristics and the characteristics of the acquisition environment vary so widely that no generic criteria are apparent for determining whether or not to prototype or the kind of prototyping strategy to pursue. Thus, it is neither possible nor desirable to develop a set of firm decision rules. In the end, there is no substitute for informed judgment made by experienced managers and engineers
Assessing the use of DOE's fossil energy information system by Rand Corporation( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past decade, the U.S. Department of Energy has supported a substantial research, development, and demonstration (RD & D) program to improve fossil energy production and conversion technology. The results of the RD & D efforts have been organized into four databases: Morgantown Energy Technology Center Database System at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center, covering coal gasification, oil shale, and tar sands; Coal Liquefaction Information Management System, at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, covering coal liquefaction; Tertiary Oil Recovery Information System at the Bartlesville Project Office, covering reservoir and crude oil; and Fossil Energy Technology Environmental Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, covering environmental health and safety data for fossil fuel conversion plants. This report, based on 144 interviews with scientists, engineers, and policymakers, examines the extent to which the databases were known, used, and considered useful by their intended audiences."--Rand abstracts
Are ships different? : policies and procedures for the acquisition of ship programs( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The management and oversight of a major defense acquisition program are exceedingly complex processes. The U.S. Department of Defense has a well-established set of policies, procedures, and organizations for program management and oversight, described in the '5000 series' of directives and instructions. Not all weapon systems fit comfortably within this framework, however. In particular, ship acquisition programs have characteristics that deviate from the normal framework, including concurrency of production and subsystem development, low production quantity and rate, varied test and evaluation procedures, and a unique relationship between milestone decision points and actual construction status. The authors explore these differences in detail, suggesting policies that can better account for the differences in ship acquisition programs without compromising oversight or establishing an entirely separate process."--Publisher's description
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The arsenal ship acquisition process experience : contrasting and common impressions from the contractor teams and joint program office
Innovative management in the DARPA high altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle program : phase II experienceEnvironmental management in design : lessons from Volvo and Hewlett-Packard for the Department of DefenseUsing process redesign to improve DoD's environmental security program : remediation program managementCompetition and innovation in the U.S. fixed-wing military aircraft industryThe use of baselining in acquisition program managementReforming Mil-Specs : the Navy experience with military specifications and standards reformA survey of DoD facility energy management capabilitiesThe defense system cost performance database : cost growth analysis using selected acquisition reports
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Drezner, J. A.

Drezner, J. A. (Jeffrey A.)

Drezner, Jeff

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