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Cost Estimation and Analysis

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The following links are provided for research and information purposes only to be used by students, faculty and staff.

Subject Matter Experts

Lt. Col. Greg Mislick (Senior Lecturer)
Dr. Dan Nussbaum (Prof.)

Agencies & Organizations

AACE International

American Society of Professional Estimators

Army Cost & Economics
Provide the Army decision-makers with cost, performance and economic analysis in the form of expertise, models, data, estimates and analyses at all levels.

Army Force and Organization Cost Estimating System (FORCES)

Army Operating and Support Management Information System (OSMIS)

Software Cost Estimation
Bournemouth University

Center for Naval Analyses
Note: most CNA reports are "limited distribution" and not available on the public Internet. U.S. DoD personnel can access these materials in Knox Library's Restricted Resources area or by setting up an account with DTIC.

Defense Acquisition University's Cost Estimating Page

    Cost Estimating Q & A

Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI)

Institute for Defense Analyses: Cost Analysis Research & Support

International Cost Engineering Council

International Society of Parametric Analysts

NASA Cost Analysis Division

NAVAIR Cost Department - Total Ownership Cost (TOC)
NAVAIR Cost Department Products

Naval Center for Cost Analysis

Operating and Support Cost Analysis Model (OSCAM)

Society of Cost Estimating & Analysis

TACOM [Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command]


EconLit, published by the American Economic Association, provides bibliographic coverage of a wide range of economics-related literature. An expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) indexes of journals, books, and dissertations

INFORMS PubsOnline   
Provides full-text access to the following INFORMS publications: Decision Analysis, Information Systems Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Interfaces, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Mathematics of Operations Research, Operations Research, and Organization Science.

International Abstracts in Operations Research 
Contains more than 35,000 abstracts from over 180 of the worlds leading journals in operations research and management science, representing the print archive from 1989 to the present day. NPS users do not need to login.

Jane's Online   
Provides access to full-text reports, articles and image files relating to the world's armed forces and defense industry, geopolitical arena and various transportation systems.


AACE International Transactions  

Armed Forces Comptroller   Location: Knox Library PERIODICAL call number A852

Army Cost and Economic Analysis Program (AR 11-18)  

Cost Engineering (journal; 1987-present)  

Cost Management (journal; 2003-present)  

Defense Acquisition Contract Pricing Reference Guides

DoD Cost Analysis Guidance & Procedures   

CrossTalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering      

Economic Analysis Handbook (2nd edition)  
Defense Economic Analysis Council and the Defense Resources Management Institute

GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs (Government Accountability Office, 2009)

NASA Cost Estimating Handbook [2008]  

NASA Cost Estimating Handbook [2013] - "coming soon"
NAVSEA Cost Estimating Handbook (2005) 

Neandertal's Guide to Cost Estimating (Naval Air Systems Command)

Operating and Support Cost-Estimating Guide (DoD Cost Analysis Improvement Group)  HTML  PDF

Parametric Estimating Handbooks 

Unit Cost Handbook [Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI)] 

Military Cost Handbook
Annual. Knox Library has most editions from 1984 to the present.
Location: REFERENCE -- UF533 .A15

U.S. Electronics Cost Data Book
Knox Library has most editions from 1988 to the present.
Location: REFERENCE -- UG485 .N52

U.S. Military Aircraft Data Book.
Annual. Knox Library has most editions from 1985 to the present.
Location: REFERENCE -- UG1243 .U63

U.S. Missile Data Book
Annual. Knox Library has most editions from 1985 to the present.
Location: REFERENCE -- UG1313 .U54

U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Annual. Knox Library has editions from 2011 to the present.
Location: REFERENCE -- UG1242 .D7 U534

U.S. Weapon Systems Costs
Annual. Knox Library has most editions from 1983 to the present.
Location: REFERENCE -- UC263 .U82

User-Friendly Guide to Statistical Estimation  
Armed Forces Comptroller

Other Defense Cost Estimation & Analysis Publications
Equipment Operation, Investment Decisions, Resource Allocation, Capital Project Cost Analysis, etc.


Revised: 02/12/2013

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