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Document ID:   DSP-CS-4       Scroll down to access document images

Overview
Title:  Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
Scope:  This case study illustrates the application of important standardization practices including strategic standardization, market research and item commonality in producing Airborne cruise missiles. Tactical and strategic limitations because of advanced anti-missile capabilities as well as improved air defenses and electronic warfare technology made it necessary to develop the JASSM program. The team's strategy was to leverage existing commercial technologies and previous weapon system developments to reduce technical risks. In 1996, two independant contractors were chosen to fully define their concepts. These contractors competed against one another for two years as they refined their designs. Each teams goal was to win the competition. This unorthodox approach produced two highly competitive designs at prices significantly below the price ceiling. The outcome, JASSM'S creative combination of acquisition, design, and standardization practices produced optimum results by allowing the contractor to adopt commercial solutions, adapt existing technology, and apply strategic standardization. The result, a cost savings 10% below the target price.
Status:  Active Document Date:        
STDZ Doc Category:   Defense Standardization Program Case Studies  

Responsibilities
Lead Standardization Activity:  SO  Executive Agent for the Defense Standardization Program  
  Preparing Activity: SO  Executive Agent for the Defense Standardization Program
Coordination:  Limited  

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