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Accession Number ADA592510
Title Big Five Lessons for Today and Tomorrow.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 118p
Personal Author D. C. Trybula
Abstract America's preeminent ground combat capability is the result of the 'Big Five' acquisition that produced the Abrams main battle tank, the Bradley fighting vehicle, the Apache attack helicopter, the Black Hawk utility helicopter, and the Patriot air defense missile system. The battle-proven capability of the 'Big Five' systems -- the mainstay of the Army's combat formations today -- demonstrates the success of these programs, both individually and collectively. Clearly, the 'Big Five' acquisition is perceived as the gold standard. Like most legends, the legend of the 'Big Five' has its roots in actual events but also grows grander as memories of missteps, challenges, and problems fade in light of the final successes that continue to appear and reinforce their greatness. An examination of these programs demonstrates that while unequivocally successful in the end, each program would not have been described as successful at some point in its acquisition. They all had to overcome major challenges and morph into what we know them as today. The salient points are then passed through the filter of environmental changes (threat, fiscal, industry, process, leadership, etc.) over the past decades to produce lessons learned and recommendations for current and future acquisitions.
Keywords Abrams main battle tank
Antimissile defense systems
Apache helicopter
Armored personnel carriers
Army procurement
Attack helicopters
Black hawk helicopter
Bradley fighting vehicle
Combat effectiveness
Ground combat capabilities
Land warfare
Lessons learned
Military capabilities
Patriot air defense missile system
Research and development
Surface to air missiles
Tanks(Combat vehicles)
Utility helicopters

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
74B - Antimissile Defense Systems
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
79D - Combat Vehicles
Corporate Author Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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