The Sixth-Generation Quandary

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-051

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs)

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Raymond Franck, Bernard Udis

Title: The Sixth-Generation Quandary

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Major Defense Acquisition Programs, air combat forces, acquisition


During the Cold War and its aftermath, technical superiority was a core competency of the U.S. military, which relied on platforms that were high-performance, multi-role, expensive, and with long development times. This approach generally worked because adversaries couldn