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Acquisition Trends 2018: Executive Summary

Defense Outlook Series

The CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) is pleased to announce the publication of the executive summary of DIIG’s forthcoming report, Acquisition Trends 2018: Defense Contract Spending Bounces Back.

Acquisition Trends 2018: Defense Contract Spending Bounces Back analyzes the current state of affairs in defense contracting at a time when the defense acquisition system sits at an inflection point. Defense contracting has rebounded these past two years, but there are unanswered questions about continued defense budget growth and the long-term effects of the last few years’ acquisition reform efforts. This report combines detailed policy and data analysis to provide a comprehensive overview of the key issues facing the defense acquisition system in 2018.

This executive summary provides a preview of the report’s findings before the full report is published later this fall.

Download Executive Summary Here

This report is part of the Defense360 Defense Outlook series.

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Rhys McCormick, Samantha Cohen, Gregory Sanders and Andrew Hunter, "Acquisition Trends 2018: Executive Summary," Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 19, 2018, last modified September 19, 2018,