Category Archives: March-April 2012


Hidden Value: The Underappreciated Role of Product Support in Rapid Acquisition

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Author: Jim Farmer

Rapid acquisition has been called the “Wild Wild West” of acquisition. Rapid procurements, urgently needed for current operations, tend to violate hard and fast rules of standard defense acquisition. The balanced cost-schedule-performance baseline governs the standard acquisition program, whereas the rapid acquisition paradigm prioritizes schedule and accepts greater program risk. The life cycle framework of the Defense Acquisition System (DAS), as outlined by DoD 5000 series policy, ensures that sustainment considerations are integrated into weapons system requirements and design, so that DoD acquires systems that are supportable and affordable throughout the life cycle. In rapid acquisition, however, the emphasis is on speed and capability rather than life cycle efficiencies and integrated approaches.

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The Product Support Triad: A Critical Convergence

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Authors: Terry Johnson and Dave Floyd

In the “bad old days” of the Cold War, the United States relied on a strategic deterrence “triad:” long-range bombers, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and mobile nuclear submarine-based ballistic missiles. The combination of these deterrents ensured that a viable strategic deterrence was always maintained.

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Attributes of an Effective Product Support Business Case Analysis

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Author: Joseph “Colt” Murphy

Never in the field of acquisition was so much requested by so many with so few dollars.

This play on Winston Churchill’s famous Battle of Britain quote reflects the recent history of America’s expectations for national security coupled with an austere budgetary environment.

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