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In 2008, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) conducted a comparative analysis of three potential candidates to replace its F-16 combat aircraft. The analysis was performed along three main aspects: quality, life cycle costs and delivery timeline. RAND Europe was commissioned to provide an independent, overall assessment of the comparative analysis process, with a particular focus on objectivity and the transparency. In addition to evaluating the MoD's design and execution of candidate ranking against quality, life cycle costs and delivery timeline, our study evaluated the MoD approach to supplier engagement and internal management. Our overall evaluation was that both design and execution of the comparative analysis was satisfactory. We also concluded that the comparative analysis was sufficiently transparent and objective. This report presents the findings from our research, which were presented to the Netherlands Parliament in December 2008.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Comparative Analysis of Candidates for F-16 Replacement

  • Chapter Three

    RAND Study Methodology

  • Chapter Four

    Supplier Engagement and Internal Management

  • Chapter Five

    Evaluation of Process for Assessing Quality of Candidates

  • Chapter Six

    Evaluation of Process for Assessing Life Cycle Costs of Candidates

  • Chapter Seven

    Evaluation of Process for Assessing Delivery Timeline of Candidates

  • Chapter Eight

    Overall Evaluation of Comparative Analysis Process

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