Accession Number : ADA332649

Title :   Acquisition Revolution

Descriptive Note : Research rept

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Cornett, John P., II ; Hilliker, Craig W. ; Jordan, Daniel P. ; Plumb, Gary L. ; Gunter, Dana L.

PDF Url : ADA332649

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : The federal acquisition system has long been inefficient in developing and acquiring advanced weapon systems in a timely fashion. These inefficiencies cost tax payers billions in overruns and delay the deployment of critical military capabilities. The major causes for cost overruns and schedule delays are burdensome laws and regulations, military required specifications and standards, program instability, and congressional micromanagement. While past and current acquisition reform initiatives have reduced some of these inefficiencies, they have not gone far enough. For reform to fulfill its promise, a total reengineering of the existing defense acquisition structure must occur from top to bottom. The objective of this study is to introduce concepts that will induce a revolution in acquisition affairs and transform the current bureaucracy into an effective and efficient organization that can exploit emerging technologies in the future. To accomplish this, the team analyzed the current acquisition system, identified problems with the system, examined lessons from successful programs, and investigated current acquisition reform initiatives. To support this analysis, the team conducted an extensive literature search and solicited information from acquisition personnel at the Pentagon, Air Force Material Command, Army Material Command, and the Defense Systems Management College.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, FEDERAL LAW, COST OVERRUNS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE