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Pentagon Selected Acquisition Reports: April 2007

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If you want to keep track of key Pentagon programs, Selected Acquisition Reports are an important resource. Shortly after the defense budget is submitted, the Pentagon releases details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes on a periodic basis, summarizing the latest estimates of a major program’s cost, schedule, and technical status. Quarterly SARs are submitted for initial reports, final reports, and for programs that are rebaselined at major milestone decisions. Subsequent quarterly exception reports are required only for those programs experiencing unit cost increases of at least 15% or schedule delays of at least 6 months. Total program cost estimates provided in the SARs include research and development, procurement, military construction, and acquisition-related operation and maintenance (except for pre-Milestone B programs which are development costs only). Total program costs reflect actual costs to date, as well as future anticipated costs, and include anticipated inflation allowances. The April 2007 SAR has a number of interesting tidbits in it, including 2 major canceled programs (Land Warrior 21st Century Infantry program, ADS shallow-water sensor nets). Beyond that, programs experienced notable cost changes for a number of reasons. In some cases, the total rose in part because the USA is […]

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