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Issues with Access to Acquisition Data and Information in the Department of Defense: Doing Data Right in Weapon System Acquisition

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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Acquisition data are the foundation of decision making, management, and oversight of the weapon-system acquisition portfolio for the Department of Defense. How to effectively and efficiently spend these dollars has been a top priority for the Better Buying Power initiatives led by the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. OSD asked the RAND Corporation to help identify how available data can help assist defense-acquisition decision making. In particular, we documented where data reside, who can access the data, and who owns the information in 21 information systems. This builds on our earlier work Riposo et al., 2015, and McKernan et al., 2016 by exploring in more detail the data that support decision making.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Information Science

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