Affordability of Defense Acquisition Programs

February, 2015
IDA document: P-5243
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
Assuring the future affordability of acquisition programs in the Department of Defense (DOD) has been an enduring goal, which too frequently has not been achieved. The consequences are cancelling or curtailing programs that turn out to be unaffordable, with attendant waste. That has been true when total defense spending has been rising; it is a greater danger when total budgets are flat or declining.