Accession Number : ADA592510


Title :   Big Five Lessons for Today and Tomorrow


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA


Personal Author(s) : Trybula, David C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a592510.pdf


Report Date : 29 May 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 118


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.


Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , *ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIERS , *ARMY PROCUREMENT , *ATTACK HELICOPTERS , *LAND WARFARE , *MILITARY CAPABILITIES , *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES) , COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , HISTORY , LESSONS LEARNED , SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES


Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Antimissile Defense Systems
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Combat Vehicles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE