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7 years ago @ Defense Tech - Guided Munitions Resur... · 0 replies · +3 points
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2. No. It's not a size limitation, but rather a heat and weight issue.
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7 years ago @ DoD Buzz - Touring the USS Corona... · 1 reply · +1 points
What exactly do you think the SUW mission set for the LCS is? Also, it's a great design for MCM as well (it's other mission). Folks seem unable to look past the name of the ship to see what it's intended to do. I will admit that it's current ASW mission set (carrier escort ASW) is not what it was designed for (littoral ASW). The fact of the matter is that anti-piracy/anti-drug is all part of the the LCS SUW mission (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure, AKA VBSS). A job that's currently handled by VERY expensive DDG's that would be better served handling duties that they were actually designed for. Same goes for the MCM mission, you have DDGs that are being relegated to MCM duties because the Avenger Class is so long in the tooth and dwindling in numbers. SOMETHING has to handle the less sexy missions of the Navy.
7 years ago @ DoD Buzz - Kendall Touts Acquisit... · 3 replies · +1 points
Does it matter if the taxpayer saves money?
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You can't have a product performance clause on a contract when you can't foresee the performance weaknesses. Hindsight's always 20/20. But if you start applying blanket product performance clauses on DoD contracts, than you'll end up pricing yourself out of a product. Primes won't sign up for that much risk without making you pay for it.
A smarter contracting tool, at least in larger unit cost items, is cost-incentives. If you, the contractor, saves me one dollar, I the DoD, will give you an ADDITIONAL ten cents of profit. Now the DoD saves money on the units over time and the contractor is incentivized to keep costs under control.