Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Karen W. Currie, PhD


Unites States Air Force acquisition environmental planning has changed significantly since the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1969. This research examined the role of environmental planning in weapon system acquisition. It focused on environmental planning performed for the C-17 Globemaster III prior to its beddown at Charleston Air Force Base. The case study of the C- 17 beddown included interviews, archival record reviews, and direct observations at the base. Evidence was collected to determine what environmental impacts occurred during the beddown. An environmental postaudit compared actual impacts with those predicted in environmental planning documentation. Impacts were analyzed to determine if they resulted from local conditions or requirements. A framework of the acquisition process was constructed and environmental requirements were flowcharted. A timeline of C-17 events was developed for comparison of C-17 history with an ideal acquisition process. Finally, environmental planning documentation was evaluated using 20 objective criteria to determine its quality. Two minor impacts were identified at Charleston AFB during data collection in June 1995 - two years after the first C- 17 arrived there. Impacts did not result from unique local conditions. Recommendations were presented regarding the quality and timing of weapon system environmental planning.

AFIT Designator

AFIT-GEE-ENV-95D-07 (As on form SF298)

DTIC Accession Number



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