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A description of the development process and identification of the important elements of development decisions. A model of the process is created; it identifies the important determinants of cost and clarifies the issues facing a developer by providing a basis for describing alternative development policies or strategies. The author notes that the model does not provide the basis for choosing one policy because, he emphasizes, there is no one right policy for all development efforts. The paper originated in empirical studies of the development policies adopted by the Air Force and other government agencies.

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