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OK, We Bought This Thing, but Can We Afford to Operate and Sustain It?

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Authors: Mike Taylor and Joseph “Colt” Murphy

Can affordability of weapon systems acquisitions be achieved without considering operations and support (O&S) costs? The answer is a resounding “No!” With pressures to reduce costs driving DoD’s continuous review of programs, business practices, modernization programs, civilian and military personnel levels, overhead costs, and more, leaders at DoD will not only focus on new weapon system procurements, but also the modernization and sustainment of current weapon systems. All DoD programs must strike a balance between requirements and total life cycle costs.

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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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