Accession Number : ADA331478

Title :   Acquisition Reform: Whats Wrong With This Picture?

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Rawls, Ramonda L.

PDF Url : ADA331478

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : Acquisition reform has been a topic of discussion for the last fifty years. Finally, it has begun, with some impressive initial results. The problem is with the overall approach -- it's not being done systematically with an organized big picture in mind. That's a problem because, like the laws, as more ideas are adopted, there's likely to be: (1) sub-optimization (where effects aren't realized immediately or aren't what was intended), and (2) 'tampering,' (as we try to force the system to do what it can't). These will cause acquisition reform to make the changed system worse. Not doing it with the big picture in mind will also result in missed opportunities when we aren't able to see possibilities across boundaries and functional areas. We may suffer from paradigm paralysis, which will keep the Acquisition Reform effort from being all that it could be. How do we avoid these potential problems? Adopt a systematic approach and reform defense acquisition for the best performance overall.

Descriptors :   *POLICIES, *ACQUISITION, FUNCTIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES, OPTIMIZATION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, MODIFICATION, MILITARY PROCUREMENT.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE