Commonality in Military Equipment: A Framework to Improve Acquisition Decisions

Commonality in Military Equipment: A Framework to Improve Acquisition Decisions

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To inform the U.S. Army's decisionmaking process surrounding commonality in military equipment, RAND was asked to assess the advantages and disadvantages of commonality and how to best manage their trade-offs. This report presents analyses of the effects of commonality on costs, capabilities, and training and offers a decisionmaking aid that designers, developers, and procurers could use to inform their decisions about commonality.