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GLCC, Inc.  

GLCC, Inc. was a member-owned, not-for-profit organization formed in June 1989 to manage the U.S. Navy Center of Excellence for Composites Manufacturing Technology (CECMT). The CECMT was created to develop manufacturing processes for composite materials for use in both defense and commercial applications. GLCC represented a collaborative effort among academia, industry, and government to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate composites manufacturing technologies to meet Naval weapons systems requirements. Programs were implemented regarding fuselage components of the F-18 E/F Super Hornet, low observable materials for tactical fighter aircraft, marine control surfaces for Mine Countermeasure ships, and components for the U.S. Army's Composite Armored Vehicle. Participating members (when IQ was engaged) included Lockheed Martin Corporation, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rockwell International Corporation, Textron, Inc., and United Technologies Corporation. Participating Academic institutions included Clemson University and the Pennsylvania State University.

IMS Quantum was engaged to develop a model to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with each CECMT program. Because there were many benefits that were not easily quantifiable, the model was a blend of quantifiable costs and benefits associated with technical factors, and more subjective costs and benefits arising out of the probability of improved performance and the value associated with that improvement. Such values arise out of two illusive yet very real aspects: the benefits associated with mission success and the cost of mission failure. The Integrated Cost/Benefit Model was developed as a place to depict a plausible scenario that expressed an order of magnitude net benefit associated with each program.

Results showed that projects returned benefits that were greater than costs by a factor of from 10 to 100. Because funding for CECMT projects was tied to the perceived benefits to be derived from such projects, the Cost/Benefit model was instrumental in supporting the continuation of project funding and the development of new projects. Decisions made in the Office of Naval Research have been directly influenced by the results of these project analyses. ONR has mandated that the justification of all future projects will be supported by similar analyses. IQ continues to provide insightful quantitative understanding in complex technical settings.

 
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