Accession Number : ADA254271


Title :   An Analysis of Weapon System Acquisition Schedules


Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Drezner, Jeffrey A ; Smith, Giles K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a254271.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 203


Abstract : The time required to define and develop a new weapon system is an important element of the overall acquisition process. Programs that are unnecessarily lengthy tend to dilute the level of technological advancement represented by fielded forces, while highly accelerated programs incur added risks of unscheduled delays and potentially high rework costs. A recurring theme of defense critics is that most programs err on the side of being too lengthy and that policy reforms should be introduced to shorten the development cycle. This study identifies the major factors controlling the pace of typical weapon acquisition programs and suggests reforms that may yield overall benefits through reduction of typical development time. Ten detailed case studies were performed during the study. A broader survey of acquisition program schedules and milestone dates is also summarized here and reported more fully in the companion report.


Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION , *WEAPON SYSTEMS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE