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Mission Failure

America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era

Author: Michael Mandelbaum

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190469471

Category: HISTORY

Page: 352

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"In Mission Failure, Mandelbaum argues that, in the past 25 years, U.S. foreign policy has undergone a significant shift. Historically, U.S. foreign policy was oriented primarily toward threat reduction, but the U.S. military has turned in recent years to missions that are largely humanitarian and socio-political. Mandelbaum argues that ideologically-driven foreign policy--that which seeks to reconstruct societies along Western lines--generally leads to mission failure"--

Mission failure and survival

Author: Charles C. McBride

Publisher: Sunflower Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 191

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The Failure of Risk Management

Why It's Broken and How to Fix It

Author: Douglas W. Hubbard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470387955

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 281

View: 9337

This book "takes a close look at misused and misapplied basic analysis methods and shows how some of the most popular "risk management" methods are no better than astrology! Using examples from the 2008 credit crisis, natural disasters, outsourcing to China, engineering disasters, and more, Hubbard reveals critical flaws in risk management methods–and shows how all of these problems can be fixed. The solutions involve combinations of scientifically proven and frequently used methods from nuclear power, exploratory oil, and other areas of business and government. Finally, Hubbard explains how new forms of collaboration across all industries and government can improve risk management in every field." - product description.

Proceedings of the First Symposium on Aviation Maintenance and Management-Volume I

Author: Jinsong Wang

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642542360

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 654

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Proceedings of the First Symposium on Aviation Maintenance and Management collects selected papers from the conference of ISAMM 2013 in China held in Xi’an on November 25-28, 2013. The book presents state-of-the-art studies on the aviation maintenance, test, fault diagnosis, and prognosis for the aircraft electronic and electrical systems. The selected works can help promote the development of the maintenance and test technology for the aircraft complex systems. Researchers and engineers in the fields of electrical engineering and aerospace engineering can benefit from the book. Jinsong Wang is a professor at School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering of Northwestern Polytechnical University, China.

Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis

Theory, Methods and Applications (4 Volumes + CD-ROM)

Author: Sebastián Martorell,Carlos Guedes Soares,Julie Barnett

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482266482

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 3510

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Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis. Theory, Methods and Applications contains the papers presented at the joint ESREL (European Safety and Reliability) and SRA-Europe (Society for Risk Analysis Europe) Conference (Valencia, Spain, 22-25 September 2008). The book covers a wide range of topics, including: Accident and Incident Investigation; Crisis and Emergency Management; Decision Support Systems and Software Tools for Safety and Reliability; Dynamic Reliability; Fault Identification and Diagnostics; Human Factors; Integrated Risk Management and Risk-Informed Decision-making; Legislative dimensions of risk management; Maintenance Modelling and Optimisation; Monte Carlo Methods in System Safety and Reliability; Occupational Safety; Organizational Learning; Reliability and Safety Data; Collection and Analysis; Risk and Evidence Based Policy Making; Risk and Hazard Analysis; Risk Control in Complex Environments; Risk Perception and Communication; Safety Culture; Safety Management Systems; Software Reliability; Stakeholder and public involvement in risk governance; Structural Reliability and Design Codes; System Reliability Analysis; Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis. Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis. Theory, Methods and Applications will be of interest for academics and professionals working in a wide range of industrial and governmental sectors, including Aeronautics and Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information Technology and Telecommunications, Insurance and Finance, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Policy Making and Public Planning.

Practical Reliability Engineering and Analysis for System Design and Life-Cycle Sustainment

Author: William Wessels

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420094408

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 497

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In today’s sophisticated world, reliability stands as the ultimate arbiter of quality. An understanding of reliability and the ultimate compromise of failure is essential for determining the value of most modern products and absolutely critical to others, large or small. Whether lives are dependent on the performance of a heat shield or a chip in a lab, random failure is never an acceptable outcome. Written for practicing engineers, Practical Reliability Engineering and Analysis for System Design and Life-Cycle Sustainment departs from the mainstream approach for time to failure-based reliability engineering and analysis. The book employs a far more analytical approach than those textbooks that rely on exponential probability distribution to characterize failure. Instead, the author, who has been a reliability engineer since 1970, focuses on those probability distributions that more accurately describe the true behavior of failure. He emphasizes failure that results from wear, while considering systems, the individual components within those systems, and the environmental forces exerted on them. Dependable Products Are No Accident: A Clear Path to the Creation of Consistently Reliable Products Taking a step-by-step approach that is augmented with current tables to configure wear, load, distribution, and other essential factors, this book explores design elements required for reliability and dependable systems integration and sustainment. It then discusses failure mechanisms, modes, and effects—as well as operator awareness and participation—and also delves into reliability failure modeling based on time-to-failure data considering a variety of approaches. From there, the text demonstrates and then considers the advantages and disadvantages for the stress-strength analysis approach, including various phases of test simulation. Taking the practical approach still further, the author covers reliability-centered failure analysis, as well as condition-based and time-directed maintenance. As a science, reliability was once considered the plaything of statisticians reporting on time-to-failure measurements, but in the hands of a practicing engineer, reliability is much more than the measure of an outcome; it is something to be achieved, something to quite purposely build into a system. Reliability analysis of mechanical design for structures and dynamic components demands a thorough field-seasoned approach that first looks to understand why a part fails, then learns how to fix it, and finally learns how to prevent its failing. Ultimately, reliability of mechanical design is based on the relationship between stress and strength over time. This book blends the common sense of lessons learned with mechanical engineering design and systems integration, with an eye toward sustainment. This is the stuff that enables organizations to achieve products valued for their world-class reliability.

Failure of a Mission - Berlin 1937-1939

Author: Nevile Henderson

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447494954

Category: History

Page: 348

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Failure Is Not an Option

Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Author: Gene Kranz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439148813

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director. Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s. Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers’ only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success. A fascinating firsthand account by a veteran mission controller of one of America’s greatest achievements, Failure is Not an Option reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now.

Launching Space Objects: Issues of Liability and Future Prospects

Author: V. Kayser

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402000618

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 386

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Launch activities performed by private entities deal with a complex legal environment. The Space Treaties provide a general liability framework. Launch participants are subject to regulatory or institutional control, and to domestic liability laws. Specific contractual practice has developed due to insurance limitations, the inter-participants' waivers of liability and claims. This book synthesizes information on the norms of play, to allow the grasp of their relative weight and interactions in the assessment of liability risk for launch activities. It reveals a legal framework presently lacking sufficient predictability for an efficient liability risk management: the waivers of liability suffer weaknesses as do all such clauses, and lack uniformity and reliability; and the Space Treaties contain ambiguous terms preventing predictable determination of the States responsible for authorizing and supervising launch activities and for damage compensation, and do not reflect the liability of launch operators. This book offers suggestions of new approaches for: harmonizing waivers of liability to improve their consistency, validity and flow-down; and improving the Space Treaties for their implementation to non-governmental launch activities. In the launch community, the need for lawmaking is less compelling than in fields such as aviation. Nevertheless, adjustments to the present framework are proposed through model clauses and an international instrument, for further thinking and contribution by those sharing the opinion that creative lawmaking is needed now to prepare for tomorrow's endeavors.

The Root Causes of the United Nations’ Failure in Somalia

The Role of Neighboring Countries in the Somali Crisis

Author: Othman O. Mahmood

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462053947

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 148

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When the Somali crisis broke out in the 1990s and the Somali central government collapsed, the United Nations made several attempts to mediate the conflicting parties. The crisis reached its highest climax, leading to the successful US-led Operation Restore Hope. Unfortunately, when the leadership of the operation was transferred to the United Nations, the UN-led intervention failed miserably leading to further unrest and destabilization. The Root Causes of the United Nations’ Failure in Somalia, examines the events of the Somali crisis and dissects the reasons behind the failure. Author Mahmood focuses on three crucial factors that led to this turn of events often overlooked by many other scholarly studies. One, the UN representatives lacked the knowledge and understanding of the Somali clan system and peacemaking leadership in the Somali society. Two, neighboring countries, especially Ethiopia and Kenya, fueled and manipulated Somali’s internal animosities. Three, international aid agencies had multiple layers of interests in the region and some of them had veiled interests in the continuation of the Somali crisis. Mahmood definitively shows that the United Nations had numerous golden opportunities to stabilize Somalia and reestablish governmental structures, yet still failed. The Root Causes of the United Nations’ Failure in Somalia provides a much-needed contribution to the scholarship of this critical subject.

Experimental Robotics

The 12th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics

Author: Oussama Khatib,Vijay Kumar,Gaurav Sukhatme

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642285724

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 937

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Incorporating papers from the 12th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), December 2010, this book examines the latest advances across the various fields of robotics. Offers insights on both theoretical concepts and experimental results.

Failure of Three Missions

British Diplomacy and Intelligence in the Efforts to Overthrow Soviet Government in Central Asia and Transcaucasia ...

Author: Leonid Vasilʹevich Mitrokhin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Afghanistan

Page: 218

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Fuzzy Logic and Applications

8th International Workshop, WILF 2009 Palermo, Italy, June 9-12, 2009 Proceedings

Author: Vito Di Gesù,Sankar Kumar Pal,Alfredo Petrosino

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642022812

Category: Computers

Page: 378

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This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications held in Palermo, Italy in June 2009. The papers are organized in topical sections on fuzzy set theory, intuitionistic fuzzy sets, fuzzy classification and clustering, fuzzy image processing and analysis, and fuzzy systems.

Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Collaboration on Space and Earth Science Missions

Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Space Studies Board,Committee on Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309216257

Category: Science

Page: 80

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Through an examination of case studies, agency briefings, and existing reports, and drawing on personal knowledge and direct experience, the Committee on Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions found that candidate projects for multiagency collaboration in the development and implementation of Earth-observing or space science missions are often intrinsically complex and, therefore costly, and that a multiagency approach to developing these missions typically results in additional complexity and cost. Advocates of collaboration have sometimes underestimated the difficulties and associated costs and risks of dividing responsibility and accountability between two or more partners; they also discount the possibility that collaboration will increase the risk in meeting performance objectives. This committee's principal recommendation is that agencies should conduct Earth and space science projects independently unless: It is judged that cooperation will result in significant added scientific value to the project over what could be achieved by a single agency alone; or Unique capabilities reside within one agency that are necessary for the mission success of a project managed by another agency; or The project is intended to transfer from research to operations necessitating a change in responsibility from one agency to another during the project; or There are other compelling reasons to pursue collaboration, for example, a desire to build capacity at one of the cooperating agencies. Even when the total project cost may increase, parties may still find collaboration attractive if their share of a mission is more affordable than funding it alone. In these cases, alternatives to interdependent reliance on another government agency should be considered. For example, agencies may find that buying services from another agency or pursuing interagency coordination of spaceflight data collection is preferable to fully interdependent cooperation.

C2 Re-envisioned

The Future of the Enterprise

Author: Marius S. Vassiliou,David S. Alberts,Jonathan Russell Agre

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466595817

Category: Computers

Page: 316

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Command and Control (C2) is the set of organizational and technical attributes and processes by which an enterprise marshals and employs human, physical, and information resources to solve problems and accomplish missions.C2 Re-envisioned: The Future of the Enterprise identifies four interrelated megatrends that are individually and collectively shaping the state of the art and practice of C2 as well as the mission challenges we face. These megatrends the book examines are: Big Problems—manifested in part as increasing complexity of both endeavors and enterprises, as military establishments form coalitions with each other, and partnerships with various civilian agencies and non-governmental organizations Robustly Networked Environments—enabled by the extremely broad availability of advanced information and communications technologies (ICT) that place unprecedented powers of information creation, processing, and distribution in the hands of almost anyone who wants them—friend and foe alike Ubiquitous Data—the unprecedented volumes of raw and processed information with which human actors and C2 systems must contend Organizational alternatives—as decentralized, net-enabled approaches to C2 have been made more feasible by technology. The book analyzes historical examples and experimental evidence to determine the critical factors that make C2 go wrong and how to get it right. Successful enterprises in the future will be those that can reconfigure their approaches in an agile manner. Offering fresh perspectives on this subject of critical importance, this book provides the understanding you will need to choose your organizational approaches to suit the mission and the conditions at hand.

Issues in Engineering Research and Application: 2011 Edition

Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 146496520X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 889

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Issues in Engineering Research and Application: 2011 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ eBook that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about Engineering Research and Application. The editors have built Issues in Engineering Research and Application: 2011 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Engineering Research and Application in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Issues in Engineering Research and Application: 2011 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at http://www.ScholarlyEditions.com/.

The Power of Story

Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life

Author: Jim Loehr

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743294688

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Outlines a strategy for personal success that explains how readers can adjust the telling of their life stories to promote goals and change how they are seen by others. By the author of The Power of Full Engagement. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Supportability Engineering Handbook

Implementation, Measurement and Management

Author: James Jones

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071475737

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 400

View: 8538

Utilize the Latest Supportability Tools and Methods to Design Durable and Maintainable Systems Engineers in both the commercial and military sectors can rely on the Supportability Engineering Handbook for complete support criteria that ensure the performance of products ranging from automobiles to spacecraft. This one-of-a-kind resource offers the latest supportability tools and methods for designing complex systems that will last a long time and be easy to maintain in actual use. World-renowned supportability and logistics expert James V. Jones shows readers how to create supportable design solutions through effective system architecting, system and design engineering, and integration. He fully analyzes reliability, maintainability, and testability, and also explores every aspect of supportability. In addition, the author presents detailed coverage of reliability-centered maintenance...safety and human factors engineering...cost of ownership...supportability assessment and testing... configuration management and control...and much more. The Supportability Engineering Handbook features: Step-by-step guidelines for implementing supportability State-of-the-art measurement methods and tools A wealth of cutting-edge system design knowledge An expert critique of commercial off-the-shelf applications Achieve Optimal Supportability in the Design of Complex Systems • The Evolving Supportability Design Solution • Creating the Design Solution through System Architecting, System Engineering, Design Engineering, and Integration Engineering • Reliability, Maintainability, and Testability Engineering • Supportability Characteristics • Reliability Centered Maintenance • Safety and Human Factors Engineering • Cost of Ownership • Supportability Analysis • Supportability Assessment and Testing • Configuration Management and Control • Special Considerations: Software, Off the Shelf Items • Abbreviations and Acronyms • Glossary of Terms

Acceptable Risks

Politics, Policy, and Risky Technologies

Author: C. F. Larry Heimann

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472023264

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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Complex and risky technologies--technologies such as new drugs for the treatment of AIDS that promise great benefits to our society but carry significant risks--pose many problems for political leaders and the policy makers responsible for overseeing them. Public agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration are told by political superiors not to inhibit important technological advances and may even be charged with promoting such development but must also make sure that no major accidents occur under their watch. Given the large costs associated with catastrophic accidents, the general public and elected officials often demand reliable or failure-free management of these technologies and have little tolerance for the error. Research in this area has lead to a schism between those who argue that it is possible to have reliable management techniques and safely manage complex technologies and others who contend that such control is difficult at best. In this book C. F. Larry Heimann advances an important solution to this problem by developing a general theory of organizational reliability and agency decision making. The book looks at both external and internal influences on reliability in agency decision making. It then tests theoretical propositions developed in a comparative case study of two agencies involved with the handling of risky technologies: NASA and the manned space flight program and the FDA's handling of pharmaceuticals--particularly new AIDS therapies. Drawing on concepts from engineering, organizational theory, political science, and decision theory, this book will be of interest to those interested in science and technology policy, bureaucratic management and reform, as well as those interested in health and space policy. C. F. Larry Heimann is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University.

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