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Master of Science

First Advisor

Norman Ware, PhD

Second Advisor

Karen W. Currie, PhD

Third Advisor

LaRita Decker, PhD


This study investigated the impact of the implementation of Integrated Weapon System Management (IWSM) on the support equipment acquisition process. The literature search revealed that IWSM is the latest of many Air Force attempts to ensure all aspects of a weapon systems life cycle are considered when acquisition decisions are made. Areas of interest included organizational structure inter-functional relationships procedural changes and procedural guidance and automated tools used. Two years after IWSM implementation, interviews were conducted with twenty-four people in various functional disciplines in four System Program Offices and included both Aerospace System Center (ASC) and Air Logistics Center (ALC) personnel. Although there were no significant changes in office structure, the use of the term Integrated Product Team to describe working groups had improved the inter- functional relationships and communication among offices. This shortened the time required to perform some steps of the process. The research found little or no common procedural guidance used among the SPOs, other than the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) for contracting. Also, SPO-unique software was in common use, instead of automated tools from the Acquisition Logistics Toolbox and Index.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

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