An incremental military procurement strategy based on austere initial development has generally led to better systems at lower cost and in less time than the conventional policy of comprehensive long-range planning and concurrent production and development. One reason is that development inherently is a process of successively reducing uncertainty, a principle imbedded in the recommendations of the Commission on Government Procurement. If implementation of those recommendations leads to still more review and control echelons, costs and decision time surely will increase. However, the Commission proposed less detailed management in higher echelons of government and more critical review of goals and achievements, especially in the early stages of development, when uncertainty is greatest. Policy proclamations alone can not improve defense and nondefense system acquisition; changes in motives and incentives must also occur. The Commission recommendations are appended. Prepared for the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Practices, Efficiency, and Open Government.) 23 pp.
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