Accession Number:

ADA589251

Title:

Defense Acquisition: Ready for Reform?

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

With changing threats and shrinking budgets, how do senior leaders decide among the military ways and means to achieve defense ends To support the United States security strategy, leaders throughout the whole of government must consult a series of publications for guidance which stakeholders translate into required capabilities. Senior military leaders compare defense capabilities to requirements to determine gaps and associated risks, as well as how to mitigate them. In doing so, they must also consider international political expectations, changing external threats, ongoing economic stress, and waning domestic support for military intervention overseas. Effective resourcing for existing or new capabilities under these constraints requires a balance of strategic, political, and budgetary considerations to secure viable, timely, best-value solutions. The key question, then, is whether the current capability-based approach is effective in obtaining the best value for the nations dollar with respect to capabilities and resources. This paper analyzes the current methodology used to determine military requirements and resource them, and offers potential ways to improve.

Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE