Analysis of Alternatives Mandate for the Milestone A Decision
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In May of 2009, Congress unanimously passed and the President signed into law, the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 WSARA. In WSARA, Congress sought to minimize waste and inefficiency in the Defense Acquisition System DAS by focusing on more robust, cost informed decision making earlier in the acquisition process. Among other significant organizational and policy changes, WSARA mandated an analysis of alternatives AoA for certifying the Milestone A acquisition decision. To effectively implement the WSARA analysis requirement for Milestone A, the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD and the Army must clearly define and gain shared understanding about expectations for the Milestone A analysis of alternatives. Success depends on clearly communicating and consistently enforcing standards of performance among the community which plans, prepares and conducts the analyses, as well as establishing realistic expectations among those whom the work informs.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics