Acquisition Modernization: Transitioning Technology Into Warfighter Capability
Air University, Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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The purpose of this paper is to analyze the rapid acquisition programs that have emerged to equip Warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan with urgently needed capabilities to determine if these approaches can be institutionalized into the Defense acquisition system. The current acquisition system is not capable of effectively responding to the changing threats and rapid technological advancement in the modern security environment. This paper considers how the DOD acquisition system can be modernized to facilitate the transition of weapon system technologies to better support the Warfighter. The acquisition approaches utilized by the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Task Force and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS Quick Reaction Capability were compared against the standard practices of the acquisition system to determine potential solutions to accelerate major weapon system acquisitions.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies