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    You work for a major defense contractor. Your company prepared and submitted a bid for a recent Department of Defense RFP, entitled Automated Mobile Defense System (AMDS). You have been assigned to lead Project X, which will design, develop, test, demonstrate and deploy 10 AMDS units to a location to be determined by the DoD assuming a successful demonstration. This project is expected to take at least 5 years to complete at a cost of $1.5 billion. If you are successful and deliver a quality product on time and within budget, the DoD will order 150 more AMDS units at a price of $10 million per unit. The goal of Project X is to develop a defense system to protect major and strategic cities within the US in the event of a missile attack from a hostile nation. It is to be a redundant system; the last in a series of defensive weapons to be used only in the event that all other defensive systems have failed; when enemy ABMs are approaching the US and only AMDS is left to take them down.

    The conceptual design for the AMDS that your company submitted in response to the RFP consists of a mobile housing unit (MHU) containing 20 anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs) based on a radically new design; an anti-missile control computer (AMCC) used to automatically target and deploy the ABMs; and a retrofitted detection device (code name: SKYEYE) built on proven, patented radar technology which your company owns. All of these devices: the ABMs, the AMCC and SKYEYE will be completely housed in the MHU, which is planned to be an enhanced18-wheel tractor-trailer. A self-contained power source (for the ABMs) and solar charged batteries for the AMCC and SKYEYE make the entire AMDS portable and completely automatic (no personnel are required to operate any of the systems). However, military personnel on a regular basis will perform routine system monitoring and maintenance, preferably from a remote site. On-site maintenance should only be needed on rare occasions expected to arise from unforeseen events such as earthquake, tornados, ice storms, etc. Should it become necessary, military personnel will move the AMDS to a location known only to them. While it was not included in the design accepted by the DoD, your company would like to be able to provide additional capability with the system: they would like the AMDS to be able to operate while it is being moved.

    You are the project manager and oversee the efforts of over a dozen nuclear scientists, engineers, and technology professionals. Many of them are acquainted with the rudiments of project management, but very few know much about project risk management. You'll need to do some education along with managing schedule, budget and scope.


    The stakeholders want to see your completed Risk Management Plan. They expect the Project Manager to manage all areas of risk, and to maintain the Plan over the life of the project. You have a contingency reserve of 20%.
    Group Portion:

    Call upon the members of your Small Group. Using the Small Group Discussion Board, discuss possible risk responses for the risks in this template. Decide as a group whether each risk requires avoidance, mitigation or acceptance. Include as a group how the contingency plans will be executed and, if there are associated costs, how much each contingency will cost as a percent of your contingency reserve.

    Individual Portion:

    Divide the risks among the members of your group. Individually, develop a risk management plan for each risk, detailed which approach to use and actions to take. Identify how any investment associated with risk management will benefit the Project.

    Group Portion:

    As a group, come to a consensus on bullet points for an introduction and a summary. The group leader should assemble the entire risk management plan from individual portions and the agreed-upon introductory and summary slides. Please list participating group members on the cover slide.

    This is a group project in which I am involved however I am unclear on how to formulate a risk management plan. I have been assigned the internal risks. They are included in the attached information. They are approximately 7% of the allotted 20% contingency reserve. The area in which I need assistance on however is the formulation of a risk management plan as I need to formulate a 6 slide presentation on this aspect and a 6-8 paragraph paper on the approach to use and actions to take throughout this process and/or how they affect the contingency reserve, etc. If I am reading the deliverables correctly. I unfortunately am unclear as to what is essential for this short of a presentation and should go within the discussion.

    I am extremely confused on the concepts of this course so any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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    Let us start with all the risks one by one:

    Security Related Risks:

    Information leakage with respect to hard copies, electronic media and verbal communication and unauthorized personnel entry

    Due to the sensitive nature of the project involved, leakage of confidential information could prove detrimental for the success of the project and would erode the trust of the project sponsors, ie, the department of defense on the company with respect to current project and future business. With respect to electronic media and information stored on computers, the company should take the help of a network and IT security specialist in order to install maximum possible security measures to avoid unauthorized access to the confidential information. Such security measures could be in the form of network and computer specific passwords, encryption software, secured intranets and virtual private network, password protected storage media such as CD's, floppy disks, etc. and other forms of security measures to combat intrusion, theft and erosion of data.

    Further, hard copies with respect to confidential information should be stored at one place alongwith suitable security measures such as alarms, CCTV's etc. and entry and access should be restricted to authorized persons only.

    Even though it is very difficult to control verbal communications and leakages arising due to it, it is necessary for the company to mitigate such risks well in advance through various measures such background check of the hired employees, informing all the project team members in advance about the nature of the sensitivity of the project and possible consequences of leakage of information, convey of strict guidelines with respect to corporate communication, etc. Such measures will ensure that project team members are well aware of the importance of safety of information and possible consequences for non adherence.

    Investments on contigency and risk management plans for risk mitigation is ...

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    Risk Management-AMDS