The visibility and scrutiny applied to MDAPs
are significantly greater than that typically experienced by non-MDAP programs.
Recommendation: In order to enhance corrective actions underway within DOD to address previously reported weaknesses and improve DOD's ability to provide reliable information on the full cost of military equipment acquired through MDAPs
, the Secretary of Defense should direct the DOD Chief Management Officer to work jointly with the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; and the military department Chief Management Officers, as appropriate, to enforce compliance with the department's records management policy by periodically evaluating the extent to which the components are maintaining documentation in support of the full cost of military equipment.
Congress of cost overruns in Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs
The SOA Demonstration leveraged 61 data elements associated with the management of 12 MDAPs
. The results showed that commercial information technology tools, with careful regulation of the definition and technical standards, permit secure and transparent use of data from disparate sources that facilitate an acquisition user-defined operating picture (UDOP) for business systems, similar to use in warfighting systems.
Quantifying cost and schedule uncertainty for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs
As an FM specialist supporting a major development acquisition program (MDAP
), I see clearly how data analytics plays a huge role throughout the life cycle.
Contents Introduction Background DOD Defense Acquisition Structure Origin Statutory Foundation The Structure Recent Analysis of Defense Acquisition Four Major Reports Periodic GAO Reports DOD Efforts to Improve Defense Acquisition Potential Issues and Options for Congress Defense Acquisition Transformation Cost, Schedule, and Performance Problems in Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs
) Questionable Outcomes from Cost Reimbursement Contracts Poor Interagency and Services Contracting Practices Insufficient Defense Acquisition Workforce FY2008/2007/2006 Defense Acquisition Legislative Activity FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.
The programs selected were unclassified and designated at MS B as either a Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP
) or not.
The USD(A&S) also is responsible for supervising all elements of the DoD relating to acquisition and oversight of specific major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs
) as the Defense Acquisition Executive (DAE).
Additionally, the Defense Acquisition System has formal milestones (MS A, MS B, and MS C) that all MDAPs
are of the cost-plus variety, meaning that an overrun in cost will be borne by the government, not the firm.
The 1986 President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, referred to as the Packard Commission Report, determined that MDAPs
take too long to develop, cost too much, and incorporate obsolete technology by the time they are fielded.