Report of the Defense Science Board Summer Study on Joint Service Acquisition Programs
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The panel was tasked to examine past and present joint Service acquisitions and ascertain why some joint efforts succeeded while others failed. They were also tasked to recommend management changes to increase the motivation for Service support of joint programs and to improve the effectiveness of joint acquisition programs. This study is very important since there are increasing requirements for combining Service capabilities effectively, as well as the long established need to reduce redundant acquisition efforts among the Services. This report concludes that problems in joint programs are most often caused by a failure of the Services to agree on requirements forced marriages without this agreement ad hoc environments in which joint programs are often established and differing or shifting Service priorities during the development of joint programs. It also concluded that a formal, institutionalized process needs to be established to evaluate requirements, technology, programs, and issues to properly identify joint Service candidates.
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