Affordability Measurement and Prediction for Ship Design

Period of Performance: 06/01/1999 - 12/01/1999


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Conceptual Systems & Software
PO Box 1129
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Georgia Institute of Technology
225 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Institution POC

Research Topics


The Navy has been directed to reduce the "Total Cost of Ownership" of systems during the acquisition process. This raises the challenge to significantly reduce investment in future weapon systems while substantially improving their effectiveness. Affordability measurement and prediction during the acquisition lifecycle is critical to this goal. Affordability prediction is particularly important in naval vessel acquisition since early design decisions have a very large effect on lifecycle costs. This project will define and develop a set of practical affordability prediction and decision tools that can be readily applied to the surface ship and submarine acquisition process. Affordability measurement and prediction research will be leveraged along with commercial-off-the-shelf and government-off-the-shelf naval analysis and acquisition tools. The Phase I technical objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of affordability prediction and decision tools integrated into the Navy system acquisition process. A highly experienced project team will apply the "science of affordability" to complex naval acquisition. Conceptual Systems & Software is experienced in integrated and interoperable tools for analysis, synthesis and design of naval systems applied to the acquisition process. Georgia Institute of Technology Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory is a leading research institution in affordability measurement and prediction.