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Author Fredrickson, Brian M., author

Title The Laird-Packard way : unpacking defense acquisition policy / Brian M. Fredrickson, Major, USAF
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama : Air University Press, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, 2020


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 121 pages)
Series Wright flyer paper ; no. 74
Wright flyer paper ; no. 74
Contents Introduction -- Part I : the man -- Part II : the situation -- Part III : devising an approach -- Part IV : the three cogs -- Part V : Packard's program by program approach to reform -- Part VI : Packard's hail Mary -- the advanced prototyping initiative -- Conclusion
Summary "This paper contends that the study of David Packard, the co-founder of electronics firm giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) and one of the founding fathers of Silicon Valley, is essential for those who seek to understand better the realm of defense acquisition (the battles before the battle). David Packard served as deputy secretary of defense between January 1969 and December 1971, significantly influencing modern defense acquisition policy and playing a critical role in the birth of fourth-generation airpower. This research focuses on the lessons learned from Packard's experience, some developmental programs in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the impact of those programs on Packard's acquisition reform movement. Specific programs visited include the C-5, F-111, F-14, B-1, the A-X Competition, the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Competition (YF-16, YF-17), and the Advanced Medium Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) Transport (AMST) Competition (YC14, YC-15). Packard's three prototyping competitions, the A-X, AMST, and LWF, resulted in the rise of the A-10, F-16, F/A-18, and C-17. Within the realm of defense acquisition, lessons learned from these developmental programs are analogous to lessons learned from battles and operational campaigns, while the evolution of acquisition policy is analogous to the evolution of warfighting doctrine. Packard's approach to acquisition, not the platforms themselves, is at the center of this study."--Abstract
Notes "Air University, Air Command and Staff College."
"Accepted by Air University Press April 2018 and published March 2020"--Page ii
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 116-121)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Air University Press website, viewed on March 10, 2020)
Subject Packard, David, 1912-1996.
Packard, David, 1912-1996.
United States. Department of Defense -- Management -- History -- 20th century
United States. Department of Defense -- Procurement -- History -- 20th century
United States. Department of Defense.
Weapons systems -- Purchasing -- United States -- History
Armed Forces -- Procurement.
Weapons systems -- Purchasing.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems -- Purchasing
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, issuing body
Air University (U.S.). Air Command and Staff College, issuing body
Air University (U.S.). Press, publisher
Other Titles Unpacking defense acquisition policy