Accession Number : ADA308616

Title :   Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTDs): Can They Streamline the Joint Acquisition Process?

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Westcott, Philip R., III ; Recordon, Richard L.

PDF Url : ADA308616

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The Department of Defense's (DoD) acquisition system, fed by large defense budgets, flourished during the Reagan and Bush eras and produced technologically advanced weapons systems. But, today, declining defense budgets are forcing the Pentagon to explore new ways of fielding new technologies, cost-effectively and expeditiously, to the Services. Unfortunately, DoD's acquisition system has become too entangled in rigid rules and regulations to permit efficient and timely fielding of new technologies to the battlefield. The dilemma facing the military is how to get technologically advanced weapons and equipment to the field quickly and cost-effectively while dealing with a dwindling checkbook. The answer may be a new acquisition process called Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD). This paper will examine the notion behind ACTDs and its applicability to streamlining the acquisition process.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *ACQUISITION, *MODIFICATION, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, DETECTORS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PREDICTIONS, BATTLEFIELDS, DEMONSTRATIONS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, DEFICIENCIES, RIGIDITY, MILITARY BUDGETS, ADVANCED WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE