Acquisition Reform Through Service Reform
Air Command and Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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The United States 2010 defense budget includes approximately 185 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation RDT and E and procurement.1 These two appropriation categories are generally referred to as acquisition and are used for developing, testing, and fielding weapons systems and developing upgrades to existing systems. Recent congressional battles over high value programs such as the F-22 and F-35 highlight the scrutiny DOD acquisition programs can expect to receive in the future.