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Salerno, Alec W.

Works: 5 works in 6 publications in 1 language and 5 library holdings
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Prototyping Defense Systems( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prototyping helps to reduce technical risk in developing weapon systems. While it requires time and money upfront, it allows the government to delay major funding commitments. Thus, prototyping is receiving increased attention now because of lower budgets. Technical risk is a major cause of cost growth and schedule slip, and this paper investigates whether prototyping improves cost and schedule outcomes. The paper develops a framework for examining the level and purpose of prototypes. It examines cost growth and schedule slip for non-prototyped programs and prototypes of various levels and purposes. Results indicate that prototyping helps to make program costs, particularly development costs, more predictable. Prototyped programs take somewhat longer, but the differences may be due to technical complexity. Aircraft and tactical munitions have followed different prototyping strategies, with munitions' strategy being more successful. The analysis provides the basis for prototyping guidelines for use by DoD
Assessment of the Need for Assistance to Communities Affected by Chemical Demilitarization: Final Report( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congress is concerned about the negative economic consequences that construction, operation, and closure of eight chemical demilitarization facilities might have on their surrounding communities. IDA used a regional economic model called REMI to determine whether federal compensation to those communities is needed. The model estimated the incremental costs and benefits associated with each facility. The results suggest that the net economic impacts are usually negative for the counties where the facilities reside as well as for the greater local regions. But at the state level, the model consistently predicts a positive economic impact that outweighs the local losses
Resuming Production of the Anthrax Vaccine as Quickly as Possible: Analysis of Alternative Business Arrangements, Volume 1: Main Report( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of technical problems has delayed FDA approval for BioPort Corporation to deliver anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) to the DoD. BioPort is preparing for a new FDA review, and the DoD is providing both financial relief and technical assistance to augment BioPort's efforts. Under this strategy, the earliest BioPort could gain FDA approval and resume AVA delivery is late May 2001. A more realistic expectation is delivery in the first half of 2002. IDA and the RAND Corporation studied the advantages and disadvantages of the DoD purchasing BioPort's Lansing, Michigan, AVA-production facility and converting it to a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) operation. In one scenario, the DoD would select a new company to run the facility; in another, the DoD would have BioPort run the facility. We found that neither Option would result in vaccine being delivered faster than under the current strategy. Under the first GOCO scenario, the earliest AVA could be delivered would be 2003 (more probably late 2004). Under the second scenario, the earliest delivery date would be August 2001 (more probably late 2002). This report is the first of two volumes
An analysis of operating and support costs in the Department of Defense by Waynard C Devers( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To better understand operating and support (O & S) costs within the DoD, IDA undertook a broad-based investigation of historical O & S costs. The following research questions were formulated: (1) Has O & S spending grown faster than the budget? (2) If O & S spending has grown, what has contributed to the growth? and (3) Do O & S costs grow for weapon systems over time? To address those questions, IDA investigated the relationship between forces and aggregate O & S costs for FY 1971 to 1990. That investigation indicated that O & S costs are growing and that the primary sources of growth are DoD's primary mission programs and direct support programs. in general, O & S cost per unit of force structure is increasing, while, for most classes of weapon systems, O & S cost per dollar of capital asset value is decreasing. IDA also performed cost studies of individual aircraft to assess cost growth during the development and procurement phases of the acquisition process. Information on the F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft indicated that estimates of O & S cost tend to grow as a system progresses through development to production. Data on the F/A-18 program did not support this conclusion
A User's Guide for the Functional Economic Analysis Model (Version 2.2A)( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Functional Economic Analysis Model (FEAM) was developed by IDA for use by DoD information managers when analyzing alternatives for saving costs when preparing business cases. The model is used to enter costs and get information on a series of alternatives to a budget baseline representing total current and planned DoD expenditures for a given function. Using the supplied information, the model performs a Risk-Adjusted, Discounted Cash Flow (RADCF) analysis, and presents the results in graphical and tabular form. This document is a user's guide for the FEAM. It gives step-by-step instructions for installing the model, entering and editing data, and analyzing the results. Included in the appendices are an explanation of the calculation used for the RADCF analysis and definitions of the cost breakdown structure for the model