Is Weapon System Cost Growth Increasing? A Quantitative Assessment of Completed and Ongoing Programs

Is Weapon System Cost Growth Increasing? A Quantitative Assessment of Completed and Ongoing Programs

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In recent decades, there have been numerous attempts to rein in the cost growth of U.S. Department of Defense acquisition programs. Drawing on prior RAND research, new analyses of completed and ongoing weapon system programs, and data drawn from Selected Acquisition Reports, this study finds that development cost growth over the past three decades has remained high and without any significant improvement.