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Author Poole, Walter S., 1943-
Title Adapting to flexible response, 1960-1968 / Walter S. Poole.
Imprint Washington, DC : Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2013.

Author Poole, Walter S., 1943-
Series History of acquisition in the Department of Defense ; v. 2.
History of acquisition in the Department of Defense ; v. 1.
Subject United States. Department of Defense -- Procurement -- History -- 20th century.
Weapons systems -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear weapons -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Procurement -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems -- History -- 20th century.
Description vi, 467 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 407-427) and index.
Contents Strategic setting: striving for flexibility -- Emphasizing nuclear retaliation -- Strategy changes quickly, capability slowly -- Reworking nuclear requirements -- Graduated pressure: theory and practice -- The industrial base: pushing "state of the art" -- The political and economic environment -- Bidding for control: Secretary McNamara and the services -- Creating the PPBS and FYDP -- Changing the locus of decisionmaking: 1961-1964 -- "Systems analysis" becomes a fighting term: 1965-1968 -- Defining the acquisition cycle -- Reworking logistic guidance -- Contributions of the Defense Supply Agency and the Defense Contract Administration -- Services -- The shortcomings of fixed-price contracting -- Contracting in the 1950s -- Profit opportunity: spur to efficiency or to deception? -- The turn to fixed-price incentive contracts -- Striving for "truth" in cost estimates -- Challenging the rationale for incentives -- Streamlining procedures -- The Hershey Pricing Conference -- Dissolving the link between incentives and profits -- Total package procurement -- Program management and the program manager -- Innovation: coping with "unanticipated unknowns" -- Concurrency -- Alternatives: prototyping or component growth -- Case study: the Mark II avionics system -- Rating government versus private contributions -- Forecast and hindsight -- The Army re-equips itself -- The Army Materiel Command -- Choosing a rifle: M-14 versus AR-15 -- Shillelaghs, Sheridans, and M60s -- Failure of the MBT70 project -- Tow: a success story -- Forward air defense: hits and misses -- Sergeant: the perils of co-contracting -- The helicopter comes of age -- The Air Force shifts emphasis -- General Schriever and systems command -- Paradoxes of the aerospace industry -- Reorienting tactical aircraft -- No new manned bomber -- Long-range airlift: C-141 shines, C-5a stumbles -- The F-111: a series of obstacles -- A complex design concept -- General dynamics and the prime contract -- Teething troubles -- The travails of "Icarus" -- The Navy scuttles its version -- A disappointing balance sheet -- Managing strategic missile systems -- Polaris and Poseidon -- Minuteman I, II, and III -- Missile defense meets insuperable obstacles -- Warships and their weapons -- From bureaus to systems commands -- The shipbuilding industry -- Nuclear attack submarines -- Travails of the Mark 48 torpedo -- Nuclear-powered surface ships -- Destroyers and escorts: decisions delayed -- Troubles of the "3 Ts" -- Space ventures: a mixed record -- Mission rivalry: DoD and NASA -- Cancellations: Dyna-soar and the manned orbiting laboratory -- Workhorse: Titan III -- Vietnam: proving ground and graveyard -- Managing munitions shortages -- The advent of "smart" bombs -- Rolling thunder as a wizard war -- The M-16: controversy continues -- Army helicopters: en masse -- Marine helicopters: unique and common -- Building an infiltration barrier -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Key acquisition officials, 1959-1969 -- List of abbreviations.
OCLC # 842330108

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