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Let’s go shopping with Donald Rumsfeld

Let’s go shopping with Donald Rumsfeld

July 4th. Time to sit back, relax, and watch five F-15s buzz downtown Tacoma. As the shockwaves pound you in the chest, you might wonder, where does the military get all their wonderful toys? Well, yes, they do have hundreds of billions of dollars to spend every year, but how exactly do you go about buying an Aegis missile system, a Pulsed Energy Projectile gun, or a $100 million V-22 Osprey

Look no further than the Integrated Defense Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Life Cycle Management Framework:

(click to view the framework in your browser or download a PDF)

I won’t even pretend to translate this thing, (there’s a university dedicated to that task) but I will ask this: Where’s the money? Budgeting and spending strategies take up less than 10 percent of the area on this chart. The chart outlines roughly five steps to take a weapons system from concept to deployment. When do solid (not “analagous” or “parametric”) budgeting and accounting show up? I don’t see them until step four under the heading “ensure affordability.” Shouldn’t an organization known for overspending strive to ensure affordability at step one?

I’m sure there are folks in our readership who are more knowledgeable about this than I am. Please, enlighten us.