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Master of Science


The Air Force requires a method to determine the most effective and efficient means of supply support for new weapon system acquisitions. This study is a qualitative research effort that examines this requirement in an environment that embraces interim contractor support for the F-22. A series of six propositions are suggested to incorporate in the supply support decision-making process. A conceptual model is developed from these propositions to describe the process for determining the optimal timeframe for making long term supply support decisions. A systems approach to project management is used as the vehicle for this process, and the F-22 Supply Support Integrated Product Team is the driver. Weapon system stability/maturity is contemplated as one of the input parameters, and a definition of stability is presented. Judgment will be a major factor in the ultimate supply support decision due to the lack of available system tools to accurately predict the most appropriate timeframe. The most important recommendation is that the process of evaluation should begin immediately. Familiarity will increase knowledge and experience as team members are exposed to this emerging concept. Due to the novelty of this topic, this research documents the deficiency in this area and lays a cornerstone for future research.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology