10. System Production and Operations

“By the year 2026, the US defense budget will be able to produce one airplane.”

—Norman Augustine, Augustine’s Laws

“Typical operations and support costs range from 60% to 84% for ground, sea, and air vehicles.”

—Quentin Redman

System production and operations is where the system is manufactured and pulled together (or “packaged”) for delivery to the users. It also includes the activities required to support the users as they operate or use the system. Production and operations are often described together because a very iterative process may be used as the system evolves or is upgraded in response to problems or limitations detected during operations. This chapter first describes the Production phase and ...

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