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Title Learning from experience Volume II, Lessons from the U.S. Navy's Ohio, Seawolf, and Virginia submarine programs / John F. Schank [and others].

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2011.


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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 121 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Note "RAND National Defense Research Institute."
"This research was conducted within the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute"--Pg. IV.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-121).
Contents Introduction -- U.S. Nuclear Submarines Up to Ohio -- Ohio Case Study -- Seawolf Case Study -- Virginia Case Study -- Lessons Identified -- Appendix: Significant Events in the Three Programs.
Summary Large, complex submarine design and construction programs demand personnel with unique skills and capabilities supplemented with practical experiences in their areas of expertise. Recognizing the importance of past experiences for successful program management, the U.S. Navy asked the RAND Corporation to develop a set of lessons learned from previous submarine programs that could help inform future program managers. This volume presents lessons from three submarine programs. The RAND team looked at how the programs were managed, the issues that affected management decisions, and the outcomes of those decisions. All three submarine programs had tenuous beginnings. Each experienced cost overruns and schedule delays in the construction of its first-of-class submarine. The Ohio and Virginia programs made corrections, and both are viewed as generally successful. Seawolf, probably due to the changing threat and budgetary environment, was terminated before changes could be made to correct early missteps. An overarching lesson from the three programs is the importance of program stability. Stability applies in many areas--funding consistency, a long-term build strategy, fixed operational requirements, program management, and an integrated partnership between the Navy and the shipbuilders.
Subject United States. Navy -- Procurement.
Seawolf (Submarine)
Nuclear submarines -- United States -- Planning.
Nuclear submarines -- United States -- Design and construction.
Shipbuilding industry -- United States -- Management.
Added Author Schank, John F. (John Frederic), 1946-
Ip, Cesse.
LaCroix, F. W.
Murphy, Robert E.
Arena, Mark V.
Kamarck, Kristy N.
Lee, Gordon T.
Acquisition and Technology Policy Center.
Rand Corporation.
United States. Navy.
Added Title Lessons from the United States Navy's Ohio, Seawolf, and Virginia submarine programs
Report No. RAND/MG-1128/2-NAVY
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