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U.S. Military Program Management by Rene G. Rendon, Gregory A. Garrett

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CHAPTER18

Capability-Based Acquisition in theMissile Defense Agency and Implicationsfor DoD Acquisition

By William L. Spacy II

ABSTRACT

The process outlined in this article has the potential to transform the U.S. military into a truly integrated fighting force. Merging the Missile Defense Agency’S (MDA’S) capability-based acquisition process with the ideas contained in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (USD/IP) study could yield a process that provides for the DOD, as a whole, the same benefits that capability-based acquisition provides for the MDA. Those benefits include a process to quickly field an initial capability and then upgrade it incrementally, the ability to incorporate new technology into systems ...

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