Missile Defense: Observations on Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Acquisition Challenges and Potential Contract Strategy Changes [open pdf - 372KB]
From the Document: "The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is developing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to defend the United States against a limited intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attack from rogue states such as North Korea and Iran. Over the past 25 years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has spent approximately $53 billion acquiring the GMD system and plans to spend approximately $10 billion more over the next 5 years to continue developing, producing, and sustaining the system. Since the late 1990s, DOD has executed the GMD program through a prime contractor, Boeing, as the lead system integrator, but MDA is considering changing this approach. A lead system integrator generally refers to a contractor that has been designated with the responsibility for developing and integrating a large, complex defense-related acquisition program within a given budget and schedule. Under this contract strategy, Boeing is primarily responsible for GMD system-level performance and integration, which includes development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration, manufacturing, training, operations, and sustainment."
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