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Digging Out the Root Cause: Nunn-McCurdy Breaches in Major Defense Acquisition Programs


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Author: Irv Blickstein, Charles Nemfakos, and Jerry M. Sollinger

Continuing concern over defense acquisition has led Congress to direct the establishment of an office in the Department of Defense to oversee the conduct of root cause analyses on programs that have incurred Nunn-McCurdy breaches. Analyses of six programs that have incurred such breaches reveal that many of the causes of the breaches are common to several programs. However, each program is different, and those differences suggest that policymakers should be wary of applying policies that assume all program cost increases stem from common causes.

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