Thirty Year Plans: What They Are and Why We Need Them
Program Executive Office for Ammunition Picatinny Arsenal United States
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Army leadership constantly must make decisions related to prioritizing funding, scheduling and materiel acquisition and these decisions are becoming more complex given the current and projected fiscal challenges. Second- and third-order effects of decisions become increasingly important, and these plans were intended to provide insight into those effects. In parallel, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army G8 initiated development of the modernization plans for existing equipment known as LIRA, or Long-Range Investment Requirements Analysis. These plans were meant to answer the question how much of tomorrows dollars are we committing by spending dollars today Subsequently, the Research, Development and Engineering Command RDECOM and its subordinate centers and laboratories, under direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, developed 30-year roadmaps linking their technology initiatives to capability gaps and known programs of record. Again, the purpose of these plans was to support fact-based decisions by providing a longer range look at the consequences and effects of those decisions.