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activities based on real time information. Every functional area within the MRAP JPO had a station set up for WAWF and/or WC access, providing all personnel with the latest information (D. Hansen, personal communication, 2008, October 15).

WAWF is a paperless, DoD-wide contract administration system designed to eliminate paper from the receipt and acceptance process of the DoD contracting lifecycle. The goal is to give authorized defense contractors and DoD personnel the ability to create

invoices, receive business methods

reports, and access contract related documents.

Traditional DoD

call

for

three

documents

to

make

a

payment:

the

contract,

the

receiving

report, and These three

the invoice. However, this is only true documents are processed separately, and

if the paper information

method is being used. is then manually keyed

into the payment system (Defense Finance and Accounting Service, application eliminates the paper trail and redundant processes, and

n.d.). The WAWF instantly shares all

documents electronically. It also increases the accuracy of risk of losing documents. WAWF was primarily used by the supported this program, the MRAP JPO staff, and the MRAP

the data while reducing the DCMA representatives who manufacturers.

WAWF provides many benefits such as improved efficiency, data accuracy, and speed of payment. For the MRAP program, however, the main benefit was in providing contractors and the DoD immediate accessibility to requisite documents from anywhere

in the world. facilitated the

This mitigated the risk of conditional vehicle acceptance, because it deficiency tracking and resolution process. As previously discussed, this

conditional vehicle acceptance to the program success.

is

an

example

of

the

concurrency

of

effort

that

contributed

The second important application, Windchill, is business collaboration software that is designed to enable development efficiencies while reducing errors and rework. This software assists in managing distributed product development, product content, business processes, and complex information assets (Parametric Technology Corporation, n.d.). It is fast, secure, scalable and interoperable, which enabled the JPO to post and share documents, despite having manufacturers and departments dispersed across the US. This Internet-based method proved an efficient way for the JPO to share information

when individuals were not operating at their local workstations. It not only worked 97

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