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Think Portfolios, Not Programs


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Authors: Mike Janiga and Pete Modigliani

The Department of Defense (DoD) can foster dynamic and innovative solutions for tomorrow’s warfighter by designing acquisition portfolios that deliver an integrated suite of capabilities. Program executive officers (PEOs) today often focus on executing a dozen similar, but independent, programs. In contrast, large commercial businesses manage integrated product lines for items ranging from automobiles and electronics to software and health services. The DoD could leverage this model as a basis for constructing portfolios of similar programs that deliver enhanced capabilities in shorter timeframes.

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Going The Distance Leveraging the Benefits of Competition Throughout the Life of a Program


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Authors: Mike Janiga, Su Chang, and Lt. Col. Rodney Stevens, USAF

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), often referred to as the “Warfighter’s Weapon of Choice,” is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into accurately guided, near-precision “smart” weapons. Today the JDAM acquisition is considered highly successful, but in its early years the program ran into trouble. The per-unit cost of each JDAM kit was projected to be as high as $68,000—a 70 percent increase over the $40,000 per-unit cost originally budgeted for the program.

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