The role of evolutionary acquisition and spiral development in the failure of the Army's Future Combat System
Ellman, Jesse E.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In the various post-mortems that have been written about the collapse of the Future Combat System (FCS), one factor that has not been discussed in any detail is the development philosophies that drove the development of FCS. Evolutionary acquisition and spiral development were not entirely new concepts in the defense acquisition community, but FCS represented the largest, most complex program ever to be attempted using these relatively untested development techniques. This study examines why evolutionary acquisition and spiral development were used, and answers a question that has been largely ignored in the literature: how did the use of evolutionary acquisition and spiral development influence the development of the Future Combat System?
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