Gap analysis: rethinking the conceptual foundations
Langford, Gary O.
Lewis, Ira A.
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Gap Analysis is widely regarded as a useful tool to facilitate commercial and defense system acquisitions. This paper is a rethinking of the theoretical foundations and systematics of Gap Analysis with practical extensions to illustrate its utility and limitations. It also provides a new perspective on those theoretical foundations from the perspectives of systems and value engineering. The growing sophistication and complexity of new systems or system of systems have resulted in a dramatic increase in time and money to reach operational capability. Gap Analysis, properly defined and enacted, clarifies goals, appropriate investment and the end-use.
Acquisition research (Graduate School of Business & Public Policy)
NPS Report NumberNPS-AM-07-051
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