09 January 2006

Acquisition Training

I love it when the DoD doesn’t update their courseware for a long time.

The course says:
Another DoD program that has successfully implemented the CAIV strategy is the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) program. CAIV was implemented on the SBIRS program through a user-led Integrated Product Team (IPT). This team identified the major cost drivers and evaluated the user utility associated with each cost driver

Approval cycles have been reduced and the EMD RFP was reduced from the expected 1000+ pages to 60 pages. The net result of these actions has been a reduction of the cost estimate by about $300 million.

So is the program still chugging along at a high speed and low cost? Let’s see:
The troubled Space Based Infrared System High program, which has suffered at least a $2 billion overrun during 2002. Under the December 2002 draft of program decision memorandum for the fiscal year 2004/2009 budget, the program would receive more than $1 billion. However, the document also proposed slipping the launch of the third, fourth and fifth satellites by about two years, further delaying the program already mired in financial disarray. As of September 2002, the first geosynchronous SBIRS satellite was scheduled to launch in October 2006 and the second a year later.

On November 18, 2003 the Department of Defense released details on major defense acquisition program cost and schedule changes since the June 2003 reporting period. The Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) submitted reported schedule slips of nine months (from May 2003 to February 2004) for [the first iteration of the SBIR] Delivery and 10 months (from November 2004 to September 2005) for the [next step]. [The first iteration] has slipped due to a series of design deficiencies, technical issues identified during final performance testing, and problems meeting the Electromagnetic Interference specification.

[Edited for some measure of clarity, and emphasis mine]

Yeah, and this is the example the DoD acquisition workforce is being given as a successful cost-controlled program. Ahhh, irony.


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