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Accession Number ADA565223
Title Army's Failed Programs: Moral Imperative for Change.
Publication Date Apr 2011
Media Count 36p
Personal Author W. M. Robare
Abstract Throughout the previous decade, the Army has experienced a number of spectacular setbacks due to cancellations of its highly visible, high-dollar weapon systems. In 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cancelled the Crusader program, the Army's next-generation self-propelled artillery system. A mere two years later in 2004, the Army cancelled the Comanche helicopter program, its largest aviation program, whose sophisticated detection and navigation systems were designed for armed scout missions at night and in all- weather conditions. Most recently in 2009, the Defense Department made the decision to effectively cancel the Future Combat Systems program and drastically restructure the Army's most ambitious modernization program introduced over a decade ago by then Chief of Staff of the Army, General Eric Shinseki. Prior to their demise, these programs collectively invested over $30 billion without delivering their promised capabilities. Within the context of the new fiscal reality facing our nation, the Army simply cannot afford to repeat these costly missteps. The objective of this civilian research paper is to analyze the previously published reports and findings on these program failures and garner meaningful lessons for the Army.
Keywords Acquisition lessons learned
Afghanistan conflict
Army budgets
Army procurement
Budget reductions
Comanche helicopter program
Cost overruns
Crusader program
Future combat systems
High costs
Iraqi war
Lessons learned
Major defense acquisition programs
Military modernization
Program management
Project management
Self propelled guns
Weapon systems

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
79D - Combat Vehicles
79G - Guns
Corporate Author Texas Univ. at Austin. Inst. for Advanced Technology.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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