FOCIS Helps Nations Improve Management of Their Defense Sectors

April, 2018
IDA document: D-9040
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Research Summary/Research Insights , Documents
Division: Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
Aaron Taliaferro, Wade Hinkle, and Thomas Wallace See more authors
In 2006, IDA researchers developed a relational database called the Force Oriented Cost Information System (FOCIS). FOCIS is part of a long-term IDA project to develop analytic techniques that help defense sector leaders understand how capabilities and costs interact with one another. Using FOCIS, IDA project teams have helped decision makers in many foreign defense institutions formulate affordable multi-year defense plans.