Improving Defense Acquisition Decision-Making

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-057

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Decision Support

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: William R. Fast

Title: Improving Defense Acquisition Decision-Making

Published: 2010-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Acquisition, Budgeting, Decision-making, Programming, Requirements


This research investigates evidence and tests the hypothesis that the linkages between the defense acquisition management system, the requirements process, and the budgeting system are not sufficiently defined to enable the success of acquisition programs. These disconnects contribute to weapons systems cost overruns, schedule delays, and performance problems, and are exacerbated by the ever-changing global security environment and rapid pace of technological advancement. Through historical research, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and a comprehensive review of current policies and procedures, this research illuminates these areas of disconnect and proposes specific recommendations to fix them.