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Accession Number ADA566061
Title Predator Acquisition Program Transition from Rapid to Standard Processes.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 100p
Personal Author R. J. Robotham
Abstract In 1998, Predator became the first Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) to transition into the Defense Acquisition System. When it did, it operated within the Air Force's rapid acquisition office. Predator operated there until it made its final transition into its own program office. In 2006, Predator transitioned into the 658th Aeronautical Systems Squadron and began incorporating more standard acquisition processes. This thesis examines the successes and challenges of converting a rapid acquisition program with years of operational experience into the standard model. Research questions are as follows: (1) What problems and successes occurred as Predator transitioned from a rapid acquisition program into a traditional program; (2) Was Predator's transition successful; and (3) What lessons learned can benefit current and future programs. The thesis examines the Predator program from 1996 through 2010. The study begins when the program transitioned from ACTD into Air Force management. Specifically, the study focuses on the time frame spanning 2006 through 2010. The Predator program transferred during this time from the Big Safari program office into its own unique program office, the 658th Aeronautical Systems Squadron (AESS). Thus, the study covers Predator's navigation to standard processes via ACTD, Big Safari, and finally the 658th AESS. In addition, the study relies on personal accounts by former and current employees of the Predator and Big Safari program offices, as well as published histories. In Chapter 3, the Predator acquisition process is compared to the standard acquisition of the F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter.
Keywords 658th aeronautical systems squadron
Actd(Advanced concept technology demonstration)
Air force procurement
Air superiority fighters
Case studies
Defense acquisition system
F-22 aircraft
Lessons learned
Life cycle management
Mq-1 aircraft
Planning programming budgeting
Predator aircraft
Rapid acquisition processes
Rapid deployment
Reconnaissance aircraft
Requirements generation system
Standard acquisition processes
Uas(Unmanned aircraft systems)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
74F - Military Intelligence
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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