An Acquisition Strategy, Process, and Organization for Innovative Systems

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Chapter Three
CREATING AND CHOOSING OPTIONS FOR FORCE
MODERNIZATION

Choosing new weapon-system concepts to be developed and implemented is always a contentious process, fraught with uncertainties. These choices are more contentious and uncertain at times like the present when international events and domestic budgets seem to require significant changes in the character and capabilities of U.S. military forces.

With major changes occurring in systems and forces and the way those forces are used, it is more important than ever that new concepts be evaluated against an integrated set of the types of operational capabilities needed to meet the needs of the future. The reasons for modernizing certain types of military forces in the first place should be questioned anew, and the process for making modernization decisions should be examined to see if improvements in the process are warranted or possible. In this chapter, we examine these aspects of force modernization.

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