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Influences on the Timing and Frequency of Cancellations and Truncations of Major Defense Acquisition Programs. IDA Paper P-8280. Alexandria, VA : Institute for Defense Analyses , March , 2017

March 2017

Institute for Defense Analyses

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From the abstract: “A previous paper in this series examined whether changes in acquisition policy and funding climate had statistically discernible associations with cancellations of Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs). It did not provide any statistical analysis of truncations—that is, MDAPs that bought fewer units of a system than was intended at Milestone (MS) B. This paper extends the earlier one; it provides parallel analyses of both cancellations and truncations, has more observations (especially on truncations), and provides an improved analysis of cancellations. The paper finds that cancellations of MDAPs are concentrated in the two periods during which DOD procurement funding was declining, often sharply.”

Authors - McNicol, David L.



McNicol, David L.


Institute for Defense Analyses


IDA Paper P-8280


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