DESIGN FOR CHANGE: THE IMPACT OF CHANGING THREATS AND MISSIONS ON SYSTEM DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Our highly formalized acquisition process has caused the Naval Architecture Community to evolve to a 14 year development cycle. In this cycle the combat system is proved in the first seven years, prior to the last seven of platform definition and construction. Inflation and accelerating rates of change of both threat and technology force the Navy to alter platform characteristics during these final years, causing a complex and costly "integration after" problem in every new combatant. This paper discusses the naval ship system peculiarities; ship modernization/ conversion cost; modularity feasibility; current Navy weapons systems acquisition; modularity cost review; recommendations for modularity and the future of naval architecture.

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    • One of 24 papers contained in the April 1975 issue of the ASNE Journal available at $5.00 from ASNE. Reprints of single articles $1.50 for members and $2.00 for non-members.
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  • Authors:
    • Simmons, J L
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

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  • Accession Number: 00084532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM