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Master of Science

First Advisor

Michael Heberling, PhD

Second Advisor

Charles Bleckman, PhD


This research was undertaken to determine how effectively the Air Force had eliminated its dependence on Ozone Depleting Chemicals. The research was limited to analyzing the impact of ODCs on major acquisition programs. Results indicated existing variables which may be impeding full implementation. Also identified were lessons learned which could be applied to future environmental legislation with potential impact on acquisition programs. In- depth telephonic interviews were conducted with Program Directors responsible for the development and fielding of major Air Force acquisition programs. Analysis revealed that ODCs substantially impacted the acquisition programs to the extent that many programs had classified their reliance on the chemicals as Mission Critical. Although great strides had been made in the private sector to identify alternatives to ODCs, Program Directors, in many cases and for numerous reasons, had not made the substitutions on their programs. Program Directors have diligently been applying resources to solve their specific ODC problems, but unless greater cross-flow of information and cooperation among Air Force programs, DoD organizations, and the private sector takes place, progress will be impacted. Future environmental initiatives could be more effectively implemented by the development and implementation of an overall coordinated, strategic approach.

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