Open System Acquisition (OSA) practical guide
Gunderson, Christopher R.
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Government policy has emphasized use of “enterprise,” “open,” and “collaborative” approaches to building information systems for many years. However, myriad watchdog reports document many failures and relatively few successes. Nevertheless, both successes and failures point to some best practices, and practices to avoid. This high level summary of observations and recommendation, together with the detailed appendices, provide specific, how-to guidance for government Open Enterprise Information System project stakeholders. The guidance is based on eleven years of applied research conducted on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and hand-in-hand with information system acquisition practitioners. The template sample language aligns with Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, but with slight modification the templates will support acquisition of OEIS to support any operational domain.
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