Achieving a high rate of production as quickly as possible has traditionally been viewed as the most effective way of satisfying time-urgent inventory requirements while keeping production costs low. One common consequence has been the delivery of less than fully qualified production articles. This report discusses the cost of extending initial low-rate production while tests of early production articles continue. The relatively small resultant cost increases can potentially be offset by the delivery of more capable production items, lessened needs for postdelivery modification or retrofit, and lower total-life system costs. 61 pp.
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