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The breaking down of large, long, inflexible traditional acquisition programs into several, much shorter, lower risk, more manageable phased increments or spirals 2. The transformation of the early phases of the research and development (R&D) segment of acquisition programs into more flexible technology demonstration programs that would permit greater experimentation with requirements, operational concepts, and technology applications. Ambiguity and Lack of Clarity in Definitions and Implementation Strategies By the beginning of the new century, these basic concepts underlying EA had gelled in the minds of senior DoD acquisition managers and reformers, eventually leading to the major revision of the DoD 5000 series promulgated in October 2000 and clarified in May 2003.
Second, the authors systematically interviewed a variety of senior DoD and Air Force officials from the cost analysis and acquisition management community regarding their understanding of the meaning and implications EA policies as spelled out in 5000 series regulations promulgated in May 2003. Finally, the authors carefully reviewed five major space acquisition programs that have been recently restructured in accordance with the new space system acquisition guidance (see below for specific cases), in order to understand lessons learned to date on the implementation of EA on military space programs.
9 For a good discussion of the perceived problems with the traditional acquisition process and how they encouraged the formulation of EA, see Wellman (2003). Introduction 7 1. The traditional acquisition process often necessitated the identification and detailed formulation of all the program system performance requirements at the very earliest stage of the program, often before a full understanding of the ultimate system performance requirements could be attained, and when the technologies to achieve the necessary capabilities were either immature or unknown.