What is a complicated or difficult acquisition?

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Read: Contract Management Body of Knowledge, 5th or 6th Edition, Chapter 9 plus read/watch the documents/videos below.

Discussion Topic: How do people and organizations learn from a difficult or complicated acquisition? Not all procurements are home runs. Some start out going in one direction and end up in another. Others like the F-35 take decades before starting to meet the minimum requirements. Also, annotate two points of interest from chapter 9 reading.

Links to help with this are:

Bradley Fighting Vehicle

This video offers a perspective on the Bradley Fighting Vehicles design and development. It offers a perspective on how a program can start in one manner but end up as something completely different.

Link: http://youtu.be/AHSjpFUKQR4

Videos about Programs that have achieved IOC:

Link: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/494300/awacs-upgrade-achieves-initial-operational-capability.aspx

Link: https://www.f35.com/news/detail/department-of-defense-announces-f-35-ioc-dates-for-all-services/

Link: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=77993

Video about the Trusted Traveler Program

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ettaBOW4UEA

Ted Talk about Difficult Negotiation

Link: http://www.ted.com/talks/william_ury?language=en

Congressional Research Report on Defense Acquisitions: How DOD acquirers weapon systems and recent efforts to reform the process.

Link: http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL34026.pdf

Research on the web as well to find material that could support your position.

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 300 words.

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