Rapid, value-based, evolutionary acquisition and its application to a USMC tactical service orientated architecture
Ferrel, Tyrone H.
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Over budget, behind schedule, and underperforming information technology acquisition programs plague not only the USMC, but almost all government agencies and many private sector entities as well. Causes of this crisis abound and one cannot easily or narrowly define them because of their seemingly disparate and far-reaching nature. This thesis first defines what truly constitutes an acquisition program's success versus its failure and then analyzes general causes of project failure, focusing on lack of both value and timeliness. Rapid, value-based, evolutionary acquisition (RVEA) is introduced as an improved acquisition method compliant with current government rules and regulations that could help reduce the causes of such failure. RVEA focuses on the characteristics of user-defined value, cyclic rapidity, and continual improvement through systematic evolution. The foundation of these attributes is comprehensively described in a comparison with the ideals found in the process of attaining information superiority. The thesis concludes with recommendations for acquisition action officers through a discussion of RVEA's application to the potential acquisition of a Tactical Service Oriented Architecture for the USMC.
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