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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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