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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.
Report on Contractual Flow-Down Provisions in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)

November, 2017
Because the burden of regulatory compliance will reduce private sector participation in major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs), Department of Defense may not have ready access to advanced technologies and capabilities for....
Five Actions to Improve Military Hospital Performance

October, 2017
Concerns over the high cost and readiness value of military hospitals has led to significant changes directed in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Analysis of Alternative Mixes of Full-Time Support in the Reserve Components

August, 2017
IDA analyzed the cost of alternative mixes of full-time support, including Active Guard and Reserve and military technicians, to determine DoD management and readiness.
Medical Readiness within Inpatient Platforms

August, 2017
IDA examined the extent to which military treatment facilities’ inpatient workload volume and diversity of care are sufficient to sustain the readiness-related skills of military surgeons.
Portfolio Selection Challenges in Defense Applications

August, 2017
Throughout the federal government, and DoD in particular, decision makers face the problem of choosing a portfolio of investments to fund, given current and projected budget restrictions.

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