Capabilities Centric Acquisition: A System of Systems View of Acquisition Management

Report Number: NPS-AM-07-030

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Capability Centric Acquisition

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Raymond D. Jones

Title: Capabilities Centric Acquisition: A System of Systems View of Acquisition Management

Published: 2007-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.org/files/FY2007/NPS-AM-07-030.pdf

Keywords: Material Acquisition Process from a Capability Focused Perspective

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to begin a discussion on the need and complexity of managing the material acquisition process from a capability focused perspective. As warfighters develop doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures for the current and future fight, they do so from a joint and combined arms perspective. Battlespace success is viewed from the combined effects of multiple systems providing a synchronized force multiplier for the Commander. Conversely, our acquisition process remains trapped in a historical paradigm designed to meet Cold War requirements. This paper does not intend on offering the solution. This is merely a thought piece on perspectives from someone who is challenged daily with the opportunity of developing a capability management process for integrating future capability into the current force organizational construct.