Management of joint service acquisition: an analysis of the Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Program
Hogan, Michael E.
Hoivik, Thomas H.
Lamm, David V.
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In an era of declining defense budgets, the DoD must revise its modernization strategy if it is to continue to field world class equipment. One viable alternative strategy is to combine funds and effort whenever possible through the use of joint service acquisition programs. However, the Services have been reluctant in the past to initiate joint service programs and will probably continue to be reluctant in the future unless some certain changes are made to the acquisition process. This thesis examines the Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV) program and identifies issues through a series of interviews with key Government individuals within the UAV Short Range (SR) program office and the UAV Joint Program Office (JPO), as well as with representatives of the users within the Army and Marine Corps. Comments received during the interviews were used in conjunction with program documentation to formulate issues which impact the UAV-SR program and are a direct result of the joint status of the program. The issues identified are not all currently problem areas for the UAV-SR, but the have the potential to become problem areas. The recommendations made m this thesis are specific to the UAV-SR and may also be applicable to other joint service acquisition programs in general.
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