Navy And Marine Corps IT/IS Acquisition: A Way Forward
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA MONTEREY United States
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Currently, a disconnect exists between procurement speed and final delivery of capabilities that require ITIS solutions. Schedules for delivering these capabilities have remained a cumbersome and lengthy hindrance. War-fighting capabilities are consistently degraded as time-dependent requirements are outpaced by new technology before delivery. To determine the current impediments within the ITIS procurement process, we limit our examination to the ITIS decision-making processes, policies, and organizational structures that may be affecting the timely delivery of ITIS systems. For the purpose of this thesis, the term governance encompasses these focus areas. Though we discuss aspects of the acquisition process and its guiding policies, a full analysis of the process remains outside the scope of this thesis. Instead, we chose to focus on how governance is affecting the timely delivery of ITIS capabilities to the warfighter. A timeline analysis of relevant defense program cases forms the basis of our assessment of ITIS governance. The aim of this thesis is to right-size the governance, or authority therein, required to effectively deliver ITIS solutions to the war-fighter. We conclude with findings and recommendations as well as further research into adjusting responsibilities and authorities for IT agencies and acquisition professionals.
- Computer Systems
- Administration and Management