QinetiQ Defence Acquisition Lifecycle Services wins prestigious award for Cost Analysis and Forecasting research paper

20 Sep 2011
London, Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) - 20 September 2011
QinetiQ Defence Acquisition Lifecycle Services, the leading provider of services supporting the acquisition lifecycle, has been awarded the 2011 Philip G Pugh Award that is presented by the Society for Cost Analysis and Forecasting (SCAF) for the ‘most innovative and though provoking paper’ given during the year. The award has been presented for an applied cost research paper solving the problem of estimating the impact of Spiral technology development in systems through functionality of the Family of Advanced Cost Estimating Tools (FACET) cost models.
The presentation considered the application of a cost technique to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), for example QinetiQ’s high-altitude long-endurance Zephyr UAV, although the technique could equally be applied to any platform type. Other aspects of the paper reviewed the Defence Lines of Development (DLoDs) dashboard and the non-financial implications such as the Measure of Effectiveness (MoE) resulting from the Spiral development philosophy. The research paper was created by QinetiQ’s Safety and Acquisition Services (S&AS) team and was presented by Mark Burdett, Senior Consultant.
The objectives of SCAF are to promote the best interests of its members and to improve and disseminate knowledge of cost analysis and forecasting methods.  Formed in 1984, SCAF  membership is drawn from the MOD, consultancy organisations, academia and many sectors of the Defence Industry. The work of the society has led to more rigorous and credible cost analysis supporting through life capability management of major defence programmes.
“We are very pleased to be able to make this award to QinetiQ for their excellent paper and contribution to the overall science of cost estimation and forecasting,” said Arthur Griffiths, Chairman, Society for Cost Analysis and Forecasting.
QinetiQ is the leading provider of services to support the defence acquisition lifecycle from the concept phase through assessment, demonstration and manufacture, in-service to disposal/termination.  The services are provided by a skilled, experienced and knowledgeable group of technical and commercial experts, supported by a range of proven industry specific tools and methodologies. QinetiQ has built over twenty years experience through delivering thousands of successful projects for the defence industry.
“This award aptly demonstrates another world-leading capability we have within the acquisition lifecycle services portfolio,” said Steve Boughton, Managing Director – Safety & Acquisition Services, QinetiQ.
About QinetiQ Defence Acquisition Lifecycle Services
QinetiQ is the leading provider of services and tools to support the defence acquisition lifecycle and the successful acquisition of military capability. QinetiQ‘s understanding and knowledge has been gained over twenty years experience of working with some of the world’s leading public defence organisations. QinetiQ provides proven technical and commercial services for each phase of the lifecycle. Its highly skilled consultants are drawn from a wide range of industry backgrounds whose approach is guided by the principles of delivering value for money and supported by a set of tools and structured methodologies. 
Services include through life support, safety and environmental management, programme management and assurance, supplier selection, requirements and acceptance management, business analysis, and software and product assurance. This is supported by QinetiQ’s ‘trusted experts’ programme which can provide a wide range of specialist technical and domain expertise from a large and diverse pool of associates.
More information on QinetiQ Defence Acquisition Lifecycle Services can be found at www.qinetiq.com/als   
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A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
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QinetiQ Defence Acquisition Lifecycle Services wins prestigious award for Cost Analysis and Forecasting research paper