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Should Cost: A Strategy for Managing Military Systems Money

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Journal Article

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National Guard Bureau Headquarters Arlington United States

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My first introduction to should cost occurred about 5 years ago when holding a nonacquisition billet. This peripheral perspective caused me to reach out to the Defense Acquisition University DAU community to learn more. As I recall, one remark about will cost and should cost was that they resembled a kitten with a yarn ballthings would get complex in due course. I chuckled, but I also kept tabs as the next few years passed, and I ended up directly handling should cost for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centers AFLCMC Armament Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base AFB in Florida. That is where I got the hot wash of should costs evolution and quick handoff from a departing Service member who was the primary point of contact since introduction to the weapons portfolio in 2013.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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