This report is the second in an annual series examining trends in what the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is buying, how DoD is buying it, and from whom DoD is buying.
President-elect Donald Trump, upon taking office, will be confronted immediately with a profoundly complex and rapidly changing global security environment. Under his leadership the United States will face conventional, and also decidedly unconventional, national security challenges. Both conventional and unconventional challenges will emanate from nation-state competitors and non-government actors alike. Just as Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS have already done, these challengers will continue to leverage an increasingly global and commercial innovation environment in order to generate new capabilities that undermine or overcome U.S. warfighting advantages. Competitive Advantage DoD has historically provided as much as 100 percent of the investment capital needed to develop the systems that meet its specialized needs. However, in return for this generosity, it sharply ... Read more
The administration, Senate, and House all agree that ensuring U.S. technological superiority is a major priority and that some change to DoD’s current organization would likely be beneficial in achieving this objective.
The acquisition system needs to reevaluate the way major defense acquisition programs are acquired and move throughout the acquisition process.
Management of defense acquisition programs has historically followed a well-defined structure.
Report Summary This report is part of "Defense Outlook: A CSIS Series on Strategy, Budget, Forces, and Acquisition," a new International Security Program initiative examining the dynamics and interlinkages of strategy, budget, forces, and acquisition on the current and future state of the U.S. Armed Forces. This inaugural report in the Defense Outlook Series looks back at what happened in 2015, specifically with respect to strategy and the security environment, the debate in congress over the defense budget and force structure, and changes in the acquisition system, and looks ahead to what these developments may mean in 2016 and beyond. Three overarching themes emerged from this analysis on defense strategy, budget, forces, and acquisition. The first is ... Read more
Report Summary This report is part of "Defense Outlook: A CSIS Series on Strategy, Budget, Forces, and Acquisition," a new International Security Program initiative examining the dynamics and interlinkages of strategy, budget, forces, and acquisition on the current and future state of the U.S. Armed Forces. This report, Defense Acquisition Trends 2015: Acquisition in an Era of Budgetary Uncertainty, is the first in an annual series of reports titled “Defense Outlook, a CSIS Series on Strategy, Budgets, Forces, and Acquisition.” It builds upon previous CSIS reports on defense contract trends by identifying and discussing broader policy trends in acquisition and providing close analysis to these trends using information derived from contract data. This year’s report looks in great depth ... Read more