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Author: Richard Whittle
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, L.L.C.
Copyright Date: 2014
Hardcover: 368 pages
Reviewed by: Dr. Julien Demotes-Mainard, Senior Analyst, Avascent Europe, Paris Office
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An intriguing question in weapons acquisition is why some weapons programs—initially designated Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP)—collapse after a long development process, resulting in wasted money and expertise. A salient illustration is the RAH-66 Comanche stealth helicopter. For 20 years, the Army designated the RAH-66 an MDAP. Yet, in 2004 the Army decided that the RAH-66 was no longer affordable. What changes led the Service to reverse its position? This study shows that despite the explicit Army posture favoring the program, the Comanche had in fact suffered from an implicit and progressive decrease in support within the Service.