The Air Force's Experience with Should-Cost Reviews and Options for Enhancing Its Capability to Conduct Them

The Air Force's Experience with Should-Cost Reviews and Options for Enhancing Its Capability to Conduct Them

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The problem of cost growth in major weapon system acquisition programs has plagued the Department of Defense for several decades. This report examines the Air Force experience with should-cost reviews — a special form of contract cost analysis intended to identify contractor inefficiencies and lower costs to the government — and options for enhancing the Air Force's capability to conduct such reviews.