Applying Value-Focused Thinking to a Make Versus Buy Decision

  • Anthony Bianchi Department of Systems Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY
  • John Barnett Department of Systems Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY
  • William Dempsey Department of Systems Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY
  • Matthew Giachinta Department of Systems Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY
  • Matt Hugenberg Department of Systems Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY
  • Alijah Talley Department of Systems Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY

Abstract

The United States Army placed emphasis on decreasing the load an individual Soldier carries by reducing the weight of ammunition through the use of polymer-cased ammunition.  This paradigm shift from brass to polymer raises concerns over the implementation aspect of this new procedure into the US Army’s current ammunition production process.  Our client, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM-MAS) sponsored our team to analyze various candidate solutions using a methodology grounded in value-focused thinking, and recommend an implementation method to produce 7.62 mm polymer-cased ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Lake City, Missouri.  This paper outlines the application of systems thinking concepts, various problem definition techniques and value modeling in order to effectively compare three given scenarios using a total value score versus cost analysis for each candidate solution.  Our final recommendation is to implement the Buy scenario because of its total score of 63.5 and estimated cost of $14.62 million.   

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Published
2016-11-12
How to Cite
Bianchi, A., Barnett, J., Dempsey, W., Giachinta, M., Hugenberg, M., & Talley, A. (2016). Applying Value-Focused Thinking to a Make Versus Buy Decision. Industrial and Systems Engineering Review, 4(2), 171-177. Retrieved from http://watsonojs.binghamton.edu/index.php/iser/article/view/64