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Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Major Weapon Programs. Washington, DC : U.S. Government Accountability Office , May , 2003

May 2003

U.S. Government Accountability Office

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From the report: “GAO assessed 26 defense programs ranging from the Marine Corps’ Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle to the Missile Defense Agency’s Theater High Altitude Area Defense system. GAO’s assessments are anchored in a knowledge-based approach to product development that reflects best practices of successful programs. This approach centers on attaining high levels of knowledge in three elements of a new product or weapon—technology, design, and production. If a program is not attaining this level of knowledge, it incurs increased risk of technical problems, accompanied by cost and schedule growth (see figure). If a program is falling short in one element, like technology maturity, it is harder to attain knowledge in succeeding elements.”



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