Cover: The Netherlands F-16 Comparative Analysis

The Netherlands F-16 Comparative Analysis

An Evaluation of the Process

Published Dec 16, 2008

by Matt Bassford, Maarten van de Voort, Robert Jan de Boer, Kristin Weed, Hans Pung

Download eBook for Free

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.9 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Summary Only

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

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.

Research conducted by

The research described in this report was prepared for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence and was conducted by RAND Europe.

This report is part of the RAND technical report series. RAND technical reports may include research findings on a specific topic that is limited in scope or intended for a narrow audience; present discussions of the methodology employed in research; provide literature reviews, survey instruments, modeling exercises, guidelines for practitioners and research professionals, and supporting documentation; or deliver preliminary findings. All RAND reports undergo rigorous peer review to ensure that they meet high standards for research quality and objectivity.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.