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Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps: Root Cause Analysis

September, 2018
IDA conducted a root cause analysis of the critical cost overrun and schedule slippage experienced by Increment 1 of the Marine Corp’s Global Combat Support System (GCSS-MC) program, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP....
Using TRICARE Reform Pilots to Inform National Healthcare Reform Discussion

July, 2018
The TRICARE health benefit offered by the Department of Defense (DoD) to military members, their families, and military retiree families is an important element of military compensation, but has challenges with cost to the go....
Decision Tools for Major Defense Acquisitions: Economics vs. Decision Science: Discussion (Conference Presentation)

June, 2018
This briefing discusses comparing two approaches to making choices among alternative systems in the major defense acquisition process.
Total Force Mix – the ongoing challenge (Conference Presentation)

June, 2018
Within the constraint of some jobs can use only individuals in uniform, it is DoD policy to use the least expensive, suitable kinds of workers to fill particular jobs.
Building a Lethal Workforce Cost Effectively: Helicopter Pilots as a Case Study (Conference Presentation)

April, 2018
IDA examines inter-Service differences in staffing philosophy to address possible adoption by the other Services of the Army’s approach to its helicopter pilot workforce.
Medical Total Force Management: Assessing Readiness and Cost

May, 2018
This paper finds that a more effectively managed mix of alternatives can attain a higher level of readiness at lower cost and that military-to-civilian conversion opportunities are more numerous than previous research has fou....
Forecasting DAU Course Demand for the 4th Estate

April, 2018
This paper forecasts Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course demand by civilian acquisition professionals in 4th Estate agencies.
A Value-Based Justification Process for Aerospace RDT&E Capability Investments

December, 2017
IDA developed an approach for valuing the closure of critical T&E capability gaps based on the potential programmatic cost and schedule savings that could reasonably be expected to accrue from the start of MS A through th....
Complexity in an Unexpected Place: Quantities in Selected Acquisition Reports

December, 2017
IDA looked at the definition of units in numerous acquisition programs and discovered that the units reported are almost never simple; in some programs no two units are the same, and almost invariably the units produced at th....
Discount Rate Analysis for Blended Retirement System Lump Sum Payments

November, 2017
The Blended Retirement System (BRS) allows retiring military personnel to convert a part of their retirement annuities to a lump sum, receivable at retirement.

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