Preparing to Be Wrong

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-032

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs)

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Prashant Patel, Michael Fischerkeller

Title: Preparing to Be Wrong

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Weapon system acquisition


Senior national security leaders face a diverse set of threats and greater uncertainty than in the past. They have called for adaptable or agile organizations and weapon systems to address this uncertainty. We focus on what this means for weapon system acquisition in terms of design, threats, and processes. Additionally, we show how metrics can be quantitatively used to help leadership understand the costs and benefits of adaptable and non-adaptable weapon systems.