by Bob Koury
| January 22, 2015
Original Post Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
In September of 2009 the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) submitted a report discussing the lack of robust Analysis of Alternatives for weapons systems. The report indicated that …
“Cost, schedule, and performance problems in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) weapon system programs are serious.
Why is it that DoD weapons programs experience a simultaneous cost growth and performance degradation? I believe the answer is found in unrealistic cost estimates and schedule estimates mostly driven by pressure to win a program within a certain budget constraint. Excessive requirements change either through poor requirements development or an ever growing list of wants are also contributing factors. This problem is best address by a systematic affordability process which incorporates cost estimating, schedule, technology risk, and performance.
Bob Koury, Senior Cost Research Analyst
 GAO, Defense Acquisitions: Many Analyses of Alternatives Have Not Provided a Robust Assessment of Weapon System Options, GAO-09-665 (Washington, D.C.: Sep 24, 2009