Addressing Risk in the Acquisition Lifecycle With Enterprise Simulation
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Defense acquisition is characterized by significant levels of risk throughout the lifecycle. Risk, of course, may result in undesirable outcomes. Deriving from many sources, both technical and organizational, risk is inherently a sociotechnical phenomenon in enterprises such as acquisition. As such, it is difficult to address. At the same time, fiscal pressures are causing decreased funding and increased expectations for acquisition performance. This points to the importance of risk characterization and mitigation. Our previous work has focused on using simulation to model and analyze acquisition processes and incentives in order to understand how they can be designed to improve outcomes. Traditional simulation analysis is not well suited to modeling the sociotechnical complexities of risk in a systematic way, though. This paper presents a decision/event network construct implemented within enterprise simulation models to represent the complexities of risk over time. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is analyzed with respect to risk and potential outcomes using this enterprise simulation framework that accounts for sociotechnical phenomena. Risk mitigation strategies are identified and presented.
Proceedings Paper (for Acquisition Research Program)
NPS Report NumberNPS-AM-12-C9P03R03-048
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