Many of the problems that contribute to poor cost and schedule outcomes are systemic to the way that the acquisition process is organized and managed in the Department of Defense. In this paper, the authors discuss a few of these problems and how they may be contributing to inefficiency and unrealistic expectations. The paper includes recommendations regarding the role of the Service Chiefs in the acquisition process, the role of the Combatant Commands in the requirements process, the impact of joint duty on the acquisition process, and the growing emphasis on management processes at the expense of workforce initiative.
Blickstein, Irv and Charles Nemfakos, Improving Acquisition Outcomes: Organizational and Management Issues. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009. https://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP262.html.
Blickstein, Irv and Charles Nemfakos, Improving Acquisition Outcomes: Organizational and Management Issues, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, OP-262-OSD, 2009. As of September 08, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP262.html