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Expanding Operating and Support Cost Analysis for Major Programs During the DoD Acquisition Process:Legal Requirements, Current Practices, and Recommendations

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Technical Report

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RAND Santa Monica United States

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In the acquisition process, program managers within U.S. Department of DefenseDoD components have primary responsibility for managing major defense acquisition programs MDAPs, with the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD providing oversight. During this process, an independent cost analysis is required at milestone reviews. The major milestones are currently Milestone A, prior to the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction Phase Milestone B, prior to the Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase and Milestone C, prior to the Production and Deployment Phase. Since 2009, the Office of Cost Assessment and Program EvaluationCAPE, which was established within OSD as part of the Weapon System Acquisition Reform Act WSARA of 2009, has had responsibility for conducting or approving independent cost estimates ICEs and independent cost assessments ICAs for all MDAPs and major subprograms in advance of Milestone A, B, or C approval.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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