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Accession Number ADA591528
Title Do Joint Fighter Programs Save Money. Technical Appendixes on Methodology.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 89p
Personal Author K. Munson M. Kennedy M. A. Lorell R. S. Leonard S. Abramzon
Abstract Joint aircraft programs, in which two or more services participate in the development, procurement, and sustainment of a common aircraft design, are thought to save life cycle cost (LCC) by eliminating duplicate efforts and realizing economies of scale. In theory, joint programs have more potential to save costs than multiple comparable single-service programs by sharing total research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) expenditures on a common design, and achieving economies of scale in production and operations and support (O&S). But the need to accommodate different service requirements in a single design or common design family may lead to greater program complexity, increased technical risk, and common functionality or increased weight in excess of that needed for some service variants, potentially leading to higher overall cost despite these efficiencies. The fundamental question we seek to answer is this: On average, are the theoretical savings that should accrue from joint aircraft programs sufficient to offset the additional costs arising from greater complexity. In short, do joint fighter and other aircraft programs cost less overall throughout their entire life cycle than an equivalent set of specialized single-service systems. RAND Project Air Force analyzed the costs and savings of joint tactical aviation acquisition programs to determine whether a joint approach achieves the anticipated cost savings. The study team examined whether historical joint aircraft programs, and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in particular, have saved LCC compared with comparable notional single-service programs. The team also examined the implications of joint fighter programs for the health of the industrial base and for operational and strategic risk. The major study findings are documented in a separate report. This report provides a series of appendixes that detail the methodology behind the study findings.
Keywords Air force
Aircraft design
Aircraft industry
Cost benefit analysis
Cost growth
Cost overruns
Diverse service requirements
F-35 aircraft
Fighter aircraft
Joint aircraft programs
Joint fighter programs
Joint military activities
Joint strike fighter
Life cycle costs
Marine corps
Milestone b
Military procurement
Military requirements
Operational risk
Operations and support costs
Single-service aircraft programs
Single-service fighter programs
Strategic risk
Structural commonality
Warfighter risk

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
96 - Business & Economics
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Armed Forces Inst. of Pathology, Washington, DC. Div. of Biophysical Toxicology.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number FA7014-06-C-0001

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