The traditional acquisition and development cycles of a weapon system by government agencies go through multiple stages throughout the product's life cycle. Over the last few decades, much of the United States military equipment has experienced acquisition cost growth. Many studies by the Department of Defense indicate that the cost growth is a result of multiple factors, including the development and manufacturing stages of the product. Organizations with multiple operation sites across multiple states, countries, and continents find it increasingly difficult to share informational databases to ensure corporate synergy between multiple sites or divisions. For such organizations, there exists a need to synchronize the operations and have a standard and common database where all relevant design and product data is stored and equally accessed by different sites with proper authorization. In one way, Digital transformation sounds exotic and futuristic and promises to reduce the operating costs of big organizations. Digital Transformation remains a challenging proposition that requires investment to set up the infrastructure for such a system to operate successfully. Along with the initial setup cost of the system, there needs to be a change in the culture of running the business in each entity to have that much-needed synergy across the multiple divisions or sites. In this study, we will examine the effect of Digital Transformation in general and utilize the Digital Thread specifically to mitigate the risk of the cost growth of military programs.


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Graduation Date





Rabelo, Luis


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


College of Engineering and Computer Science


Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Degree Program

Industrial Engineering


CFE0009881; DP0028414





Release Date

February 2027

Length of Campus-only Access

3 years

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until February 2027; it will then be open access.