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RAH-66 Comanche–The Self-Inflicted Termination: Exploring the Dynamics of Change in Weapons Procurement

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Author: Julien Demotes-Mainard

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.

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