Accession Number : ADA487683


Title :   The Acquisition of Joint Programs: The Implications of Interdependencies


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Brown, Mary M. ; Flowe, Robert M. ; Hamel, Sean P.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA487683


Report Date : MAY 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 6


Abstract : The movement toward transformation and joint capabilities has created new challenges for program acquisition efforts. The research reported in this article examines the implications of joint capabilities on acquisition. In short, the research investigates how program interdependency, size, age, and developmental status influence the occurrence of programmatic breaches. The article presents the results of a cross comparison of single and joint acquisition efforts. The research stems from the perceived need to improve the ability to accurately gauge the cost and schedule demands of joint acquisition efforts. The overall goal of the research was to empirically test whether joint acquisition efforts encountered greater difficulties than their single system counterparts -- and if so, to shed light on the nature of those difficulties. As discussed further on, the research examined 84 Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1 weapon system programs that were under development during the 1997-2005 time period. This research hopes to contribute to an understanding of the underlying causal factors that challenge joint efforts for the purpose of finding strategies that can enhance the success rate of joint capabilities. The findings provide empirical evidence that metrics that are capable of measuring interdependency may prove fruitful as an early indicator of joint program acquisition shortfalls.


Descriptors :   *COSTS , *PROJECT MANAGEMENT , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *SCHEDULING , *WEAPON SYSTEMS , COMPARISON , REGRESSION ANALYSIS , METRICS , DELAY , DEFICIENCIES , REPRINTS , INTEROPERABILITY , TRANSFORMATIONS , RISK , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)


Subject Categories : ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
      LOGISTICS, MILITARY FACILITIES AND SUPPLIES


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE