Benchmarking Schedules for Major Defense Acquisition Programs
With the Secretary of the Air Force outlining new scheduling initiatives in 2015, the Air Force formally recognized the importance of managing schedules and reducing schedule slip. This report provides a framework for benchmarking major defense acquisition program (MDAP) proposed or planned schedules against the actual schedules of similar historical programs. The framework is applied to five Air Force MDAPs currently undergoing development: the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, KC-46, F-22 Increment 3.2B Modernization, B61 Mod 12 Life Extension Program Tailkit Assembly, and Combat Rescue Helicopter programs. Schedule benchmarking approaches such as the one developed in this report can provide program staff, acquisition analysts, and decisionmakers with additional information from which to gauge the degree by which schedule estimates may be aggressive or conservative. They can also inform the formulation of schedule targets or goals for incorporation into schedule incentives.
Table of Contents
Approach for Developing Schedule-Estimating Relationships
Application of Schedule-Estimating Relationships to Five MDAPs Currently Under Development
Steps Performed to Conduct Benchmarking