Revolutionizing Army usage of modeling and simulation as an element of acquisition reform
Carson, Craig H.
Dillard, John T.
Doyle, Richard B.
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This thesis examines the use of modeling and simulation (M&S) technology in streamlining the Army's acquisition process by comparing it to commercial use of M&S. It establishes that the Army views M&S as anything short of combat and that it plays an integral part as a tool in mitigating risk in the acquisition process. The Army has recognized some areas for improving its use within the current acquisition framework. In comparison, the best businesses in the commercial sector have adopted M&S technology as a cornerstone to improving their entire acquisition process. They use M&S not just as a tool but as a foundation, linking a variety of functions together. This integrated M&S system linked with a horizontal management structure and a flexible, three-phase process provides the synergy to field new products in less time and cost than previously. The Army could use M&S technology to improve acquisition practices if it adopted a three-phase acquisition process and a linked M&S system.
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