Using the Steel-Vessel Material-Cost Index to Mitigate Shipbuilder Risk

Using the Steel-Vessel Material-Cost Index to Mitigate Shipbuilder Risk


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The more accurately a cost index captures a shipbuilder1s risk, the less the Navy should have to pay its shipbuilders. The Navy uses such indexes to correct for significant cost risks outside its shipbuilders1 control. A longtime material-cost index in Navy shipbuilding is the steel-vessel index, but it is outdated and volatile. The authors urge the Navy to develop a modern-vessel index that more appropriately represents the materials used today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833042293
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 03/14/2008
Pages: 30
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Edward Geoffrey Keating (PhD, Economic Analysis and Policy, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 1991) is an employee at RAND.

John F. Schank (PhD in Information Technology (All But Dissertation) George Mason University) is a senior operations research analyst at RAND.

John L. Birkler (Executive Management Program, 1991-1992, UCLA) is a Research Leader, Acquisition, Defense Production and Technology Base Issues, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center, National Defense Research Institute, RAND, Santa Monica, California.

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