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Accession Number ADA592644
Title Managing Requirements for Acquisition Program Affordability.
Publication Date Apr 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author J. J. Winbush
Abstract Over the last ten years, the Army has spent billions of research and development dollars on weapon systems that were ultimately cancelled. A few of the high profile programs include the Future Combat Systems, Crusader howitzer, and the Comanche helicopter. Since 2004, the Army has incurred approximately $3B dollars per year in research and development for cancelled programs. While there are many factors that led to these program cancellations, ambitious performance requirements that demanded maturation of high risk technologies played a significant part in making the programs unaffordable and untimely. Additionally, the current process continues to foster a climate of optimizing each individual weapon s performance requirement, thus driving up cost and sub- optimizing the systems as a whole. Given the upcoming budget constraints of FY12 and beyond, the Army cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the last 10 years. It is vital that the Army effectively and efficiently delivers new capabilities to the force to ensure Combatant Commanders can execute a full range of operations in an uncertain operational environment.
Keywords Acquisition programs
Cost growth
Military budgets
Military procurement
Military requirements
Performance requirements
Systems engineering

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Texas Univ. at Austin.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Civilian research paper 24 Jul 2011-11 Apr 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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