Report of the Defense Science Board 1985 Summary Study. Practical Functional Performance Requirements
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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This DSB summer study panel was asked by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering to examine what role the performance requirements for military systems plays in the problems associated with the current systems acquisition process. He also asked it to recommend improvements in the manner in which the Department of Defense determines, prioritizes, and satisfies its official requirements. Specially, the Panel was asked to suggest ways by which the systems acquisition process could be improved by changing the way requirements are generated, documented, and implemented. To satisfy this request, the Panel was first broken into three subpanels for preliminary data- gathering and analysis. One of these subpanels performed a broad analysis of twenty-six DOD programs. Another studied, in depth, five comparable non-DOD mostly commercial development programs. And the third, through direct contact with all the top-level U.S. operational commanders the CINCs, obtained a users perception of the desired degree and manner of user involvement in the requirements process and suggestions for improvement in this process.
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