Arsenal Ship Lessons Learned Report

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MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
THE NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER
AND
THE ARSENAL SHIP JOINT PROGRAM OFFICE

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is to facilitate the transfer of the substantial national investment in technology at the activities of the Naval Surface Warfare Center to the industry teams participating in the Arsenal Ship program while maintaining the competitive integrity of the program. This Phase II MOA supersedes the Phase I MOA for the same program.

BACKGROUND

The Arsenal Ship program was established to develop and deliver up to six ships for the delivery of large quantities of ordnance in support of land and littoral engagements. The process is being conducted under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Section 845 Agreements Authority. The program is currently structured to be conducted in phases:

I     Trade-off studies and design concept development
II    Functional design
III   Detail design and construction of the Arsenal Ship Demonstrator
IV   Demonstrations
V    Option for construction of the subsequent Arsenal Ships and conversion of the Arsenal Ship Demonstrator to a Fleet asset
VI   Service life support

Because the ships will be developed from the earliest design stages in the private sector, traditional roles and relationships of government organizations must be reconsidered. This MOA clarifies the role that Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) will play in Phase II of the Arsenal Ship program, which is greater in scope than the Phase I role. This role may change again during subsequent phases of the program. Accordingly, this MOA may be modified as the program proceeds.

AGREEMENT

1. Warfare Center products and services will be made available to the two industry teams on a non-exclusive basis. Industry requests and a list of delivered products will be provided to the Arsenal Ship Joint Program Office (ASJPO).

2. Warfare Center personnel may provide technical expertise, upon request, to industry teams in the form of consultation and recommendations or opinions, in addition to performing objective calculations, testing, modeling and simulation. Support available includes but is not limited to the following technical areas:

    Hydrodynamics
    Vulnerability & Survivability
    Signatures
    Weapon Systems and Explosive Safety
    Combat Systems Integration
    Ship, Weapon and Combat System Test & Evaluation Weapon Systems Design
    Chemical, Biological & Radiological Defense
    Electromagnetic Environmental Effects
    Warfare Analysis
    Shipboard Environmental Quality (military mission unique requirements)
    Shipboard Physical Security
    NAVSEA Warfare Center owned (unique) models and simulations
3. Warfare Center personnel will at all times protect the industry teams' proprietary information.

4. Source selection evaluators will not have participated in services to industry teams on this program.

5. Agreements, including funding arrangements, will be made directly between industry teams and Warfare Center activities with the concurrence of Warfare Center Headquarters.

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Last revision: 10 March 1998