An Application of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in a Major Defense Acquisition Program: The Decision by the U.S. Department of Defense to Retain the C-17 Transport Aircraft

December, 2010
IDA document: D-4218
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: System Evaluation Division , Science, Systems and Sustainment Division
The case study illustrates the traditional approach to cost-benefit analysis and acquisition decisions within the Department of Defense (DoD). It specifically discusses decisions made in 1993-95 regarding the C-17 strategic airlifter program. It also includes a discussion of events leading up to the study, the analytical approach takes, the study participants, critical points in the analyses, decisions reached, and lessons learned.