Accession Number:

ADA589871

Title:

Evidence on the Effectiveness of the Defense Acquisition Board Process

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

2013-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

This study is concerned primarily with the effectiveness of the Defense Acquisition Board DAB process in assuring that Major Defense Acquisition Programs are completed within cost and on schedule and perform as anticipated. It begins by articulating how inferences about the effectiveness of the DAB can be drawn from comparisons of the outcomes of groups of programs. The paper presents two comparisons 1 single-Service new starts that is, programs to acquire a system of a new design with joint new starts and 2 single-Service programs launched during the Cold War to acquire variants or modifications of, or to remanufacture VMR systems already fielded, with such programs initiated post-Cold War. The comparisons were made using eight metrics. The differences in the metrics were consistent and those on which the papers conclusions rest were large. The Office of the Secretary of Defense acquisition oversight process clearly fell somewhat short in dealing with the problems presented by joint new starts and by single-Service VMRs post-Cold War. The paper concludes by noting that these shortfalls seem to reflect a lack of sufficient oversight by the DAB in circumstances in which oversight is needed after a program has been given authority to proceed.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE