The KC-135 GATM program focused on these areas to improve and capitalize on the lessons learned.
The details of the organization of these three critical pieces of the KC-135 GATM program will benefit the design of any government acquisition program, especially for COTS-based or largely COTS-based acquisitions that require military agency certification.
The use of this organization's deep engineering experience and tight relationship with the Air Force Research Lab was fundamental in aiding the success of the KC-135 GATM program.
Every effort was made in the KC-135 GATM program to acquire previously certified and civil-certified components.
No program can completely isolate itself from these certain problems, but the KC-135 GATM program did work to reduce these problems by using state-of-the-art and certified equipment.
With this is in mind, the KC-135 GATM program incorporated, and the contractor supported, a very strong system safety process.
Additionally, in the KC-135 GATM program, these documents ensured that the program met costs and schedule.
The KC-135 GATM program was unusual in its dedication to early test planning and integration.
Unlike many programs that don't bring in testers early, the KC-135 GATM program fully integrated both developmental and operational testers and test into the program.