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09 October 2010


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Word from the Office of Aerospace Studies Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) folks is that old-style assumptions that the lifecycle roadmap for fielded system X does not naturally contain a follow-on X+ or Y>X system modernization plan. The traction has been slowly building, albeit not uniformly, in various sectors of the acquisition system, for service and joint requirements shops, not to mention OSD groups such as AT&L and CAPE, to require robust and defensible lifecycle planning based on thoughtful AoAs that include evidence of homework substantiating the merits of ideas and proposals. It's such a such a useful and obvious concept - evidenced-based acquisition decision making - gaining slow but effective traction after decades of "reform" talk that all observers are correct in their skepticism of its ultimate spread. But some of the reports so far are promising. Point being that it appears that the days of automatic modernization plans may be numbered.

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  • James Hasik is a senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, and an associate professor of the practice of industrial studies at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, a college of the National Defense University in Washington DC. Since September 2001, he has been studying global security challenges and the economic enterprises that provide the tools to address them. His opinions are not necessarily those of the NDU, the Defense Department, or the US federal government at all.


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