Effectiveness of Competitive Prototyping and Preliminary Design Review Prior to Milestone B

Report Number: NPS-AM-14-C11P20R02-071

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Managing Risk

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: William Fast

Title: Effectiveness of Competitive Prototyping and Preliminary Design Review Prior to Milestone B

Published: 2014-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2014/NPS-AM-14-C11P20R02-071.pdf

Keywords: risk reduction, prototyping, cost and schedule

Abstract:

The 2013 Annual Report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System (USD[AT&L], June 28, 2013) identified a need for additional analysis of recent acquisition policies (DoDI 5000.02, December 2008) to reduce program technical risk by requiring competitive prototyping for risk reduction and a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) before Milestone B. This research uses cost and schedule estimates from Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) to determine if competitive prototyping and PDRs held prior to Milestone B have resulted in mature technologies (defined as Technology Readiness Level 6 or above) and subsequently reduced program cost and schedule slippage.