Striker Suitability Challenges in a Complex Threat Environment

Report Number: NPS-AM-08-032

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Total Ownership Cost (TOC)

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Paul Alfieri, Donald McKeon

Title: Striker Suitability Challenges in a Complex Threat Environment

Published: 2008-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Suitability Improvement, Operation Cost, Maintenance Cost


The cost of operating and maintaining weapon systems is a large expense to the Department of Defense (DoD), and suitability performance is a major factor affecting these costs. Systems with poor suitability performance (such as low reliability, high failure rates, high spare parts usage, and low availability) are extremely difficult to support in a constrained resource environment. For many DoD acquisition programs, suitability lags effectiveness during program development. Suitability determinants (such as reliability and maintainability) are generally not addressed early enough during program development (prior to fielding) and are not prioritized with the same vigor and discipline as performance parameters like speed, accuracy, and lethality. The JROC, DOT&E, and USD(AT&L) have each called for increased attention to suitability improvement.