Accession Number : ADA552681


Title :   Root Cause Analyses of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 1: Zumwalt-Class Destroyer, Joint Strike Fighter, Longbow Apache and Wideband Global Satellite


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Blickstein, Irv ; Boito, Michael ; Drezner, Jeffrey A ; Dryden, James ; Horn, Kenneth ; Kallimani, James G ; Libicki, Martin C ; McKernan, Megan ; Molander, Roger C ; Nemfakos, Charles


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a552681.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 150


Abstract : As a result of continuing concern with large cost overruns in a broad range of major defense programs, Congress enacted new statutory provisions extending the ambit of the existing Nunn-McCurdy Act, stipulating the review and reporting by the Department of Defense (DoD) of factors and issues in both specific and general terms. In accordance with the revised Nunn-McCurdy Act, the Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA) office must provide its root cause explanation as part of a 60-day program review triggered when the applicable military department secretary reports a breach. In March 2010, the newly created PARCA office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), in view of staffing limitations, elected to rely on federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) support to help discharge its new responsibilities. It engaged the RAND Corporation to study the root causes of Nunn-McCurdy breaches in four of six major defense acquisition programs that had breached: the DDG-1000, the Joint Strike Fighter, the Longbow Apache Helicopter, and the Wideband Global Satellite. RAND conducted its work within this 60-day window so that the PARCA office could use RAND findings in preparing DoD reports to Congress. This monograph contains the findings from each of the program reviews conducted by RAND. Although the programs involved are different, the RAND analysis found many similarities, ranging from unrealistic expectations to contracting methods. The report details the specifics of the reported breaches and is intended for a general audience; however, it also used, in part, previously conducted RAND research on programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter and the DDG-1000. Selected publications that may be of interest about these programs and related acquisition processes are available at www.rand.org.


Descriptors :   *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION , *COST OVERRUNS , *DELAY , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING) , *PROJECT MANAGEMENT , *SCHEDULING , ATTACK HELICOPTERS , COMMUNICATION SATELLITES , CONTRACTORS , COST ESTIMATES , DESTROYERS , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , INFLATION(ECONOMICS) , LABOR , MANUFACTURING , MILITARY BUDGETS , PLANNING


Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Marine Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE