The A-12 Stealth Bomber: Escalating Commitment to a Failing Project

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Abstract

The A-12 was the Navy’s top aviation priority. The carrier-based stealth bomber was designed to replace the aging and crippled A-6 Intruder. In 1991 the program was cancelled due to cost overruns, schedule delays, technical problems, and a culture that suppressed bad news about the A-12 from Congress. To increase moral awareness, students are required to reflect, write about, and discuss the facts and moral implications of an ethical dilemma experienced by a cost analyst whose cost estimate about the A-12 was suppressed by supervisors in her chain of command. Students use the IMA® Statement of Ethical Professional Practice as a framework to explore applicable values, standards, and actions. This note provides information on the learning objective, assessment method, and comments relevant to the requirements.

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