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Addressing Cost Increases in Evolutionary Acquisition

dc.contributor.authorBodner, Douglas A.
dc.contributor.authorRahman, Farhana
dc.contributor.authorRouse, Bill
dc.contributor.corporateAcquisition Management (AM)
dc.contributor.corporateAcquisition Research Program (ARP)
dc.contributor.departmentAcquisition Management
dc.contributor.departmentOther Research Faculty
dc.date30-Apr-10
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-08T21:19:41Z
dc.date.available2013-05-08T21:19:41Z
dc.date.issued2010-04-30
dc.descriptionProceedings Paper (for Acquisition Research Program)en_US
dc.description.abstractAcquisition programs are under pressure to deliver increasingly complex capability to the field without the cost growth associated with recent programs. Evolutionary acquisition was adopted to help reduce system cost (through the use of mature technologies) and to improve system performance (through faster deployment of incremental capability). While the ultimate verdict is not yet in on this decision, our previous simulation-based results have demonstrated that evolutionary acquisition can deliver improved capability more quickly than traditional acquisition, but that cost may actually increase over that of traditional acquisition. This is due to the overhead resulting from more frequent system deployment and update cycles. Are there other factors that can help reduce the cost of evolutionary acquisition? This paper investigates the role of system modularity and production level in the cost of evolutionary acquisition. Modularity typically imposes upfront costs in design and development, but may result in downstream savings in production and sustainment (including deployment of evolutionary new capability). A simulation experiment is conducted to determine under which conditions cost increases are minimized.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.sponsorshipNaval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Programen_US
dc.identifier.npsreportNPS-AM-10-029
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/33462
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAcquisition Research Symposium
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorCost Managementen_US
dc.titleAddressing Cost Increases in Evolutionary Acquisitionen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
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