A historical summary of the Armored Systems Modernization program and the lessons learned from its interaction with the acquisition environment
Boelke, Ross D.
Hoivik, Thomas H.
Proctor, Michael D.
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The Armored Systems Modernization (ASM) Program's acquisition environment directly contributed to and was the principal cause of major program modifications and revisions. Determination of the factors that produces program changes and an understanding of their impact provide the basis for important insights and add to acquisition manager's body of knowledge. This thesis develops a composite summary of the ASM Program, determines the significant acquisition related environmental factors that affected it, and explains how these influences altered ASM Program outcomes. Based upon the historical research and analysis, lessons learned applicable to Army acquisition programs in general are provided. Key lessons learned indicate that periodic programmatic reassessment of both internal and external environmental factors should be conducted to ensure that. programs are aligned with valid justifications and have the support necessary for approval. Acquisition managers also must receive instruction in the art of political negotiation and compromise in order to achieve essential program objectives.
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