Accession Number:

ADA467540

Title:

An Analysis of the Impact of Defense Acquisition Reforms and External Factors on Schedule Growth of Defense Weapon Systems

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

Schedule growth of major defense acquisition programs creates several issues, including increased likelihoods of cancellations, changes in requirements, and delays in the fielding of improved combat capabilities and replacements for legacy systems. As a result, Congress, the DoD, and the individual military services have implemented several major reforms to address the cost and schedule growth of weapon systems. This research presents an empirical model of schedule growth to evaluate the impact of acquisition reform efforts, defense budget changes, unexpected inflation, and major contingency operations war on schedule growth of major weapon systems. A fixed-effects panel regression model was utilized to describe the schedule performance using earned value data of the major weapon system programs from 1980 to 2002. This research found that unexpected inflation results in increased schedule growth. In addition, the 2000 revision of the DoD 5000 series accounted for a reduction in schedule growth. The other examined acquisition reformsthe Packard Commission of 1986 and the 1993-1996 reform efforts e.g., the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996were not correlated with schedule growth. This lack of a relationship suggests these reforms were not fully internalized into the Department of Defenses acquisition process and appear to have not been successful at limiting schedule growth.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE