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DoD RELEASES SELECTED ACQUISITION REPORTS

DoD RELEASES SELECTED ACQUISITION REPORTS

Nov 07. The Department of Defense (DoD) has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the June 2007 reporting period. This information is based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to the Congress for the September 2007 reporting period.

SARs summarize the latest estimates of cost, schedule, and performance status. These reports are prepared annually in conjunction with the President’s budget. Subsequent quarterly exception reports are required only for those programs experiencing unit cost increases of at least 15 percent or schedule delays of at least six months. Quarterly SARs are also submitted for initial reports, final reports, and for programs that are rebaselined at major milestone decisions.

The total program cost estimates provided in the SARs include research and development, procurement, military construction, and acquisition-related operation and maintenance (except for pre-Milestone B programs which are limited to development costs pursuant to 10 USC §2432). Total program costs reflect actual costs to date as well as future anticipated costs. All estimates include anticipated inflation allowances.

The current estimate of program acquisition costs for programs covered by SARs for the prior reporting period (June 2007) was $1,693,773.4m. After adding the costs for one new program, B-2 EHF (Extremely High Frequency) Increment 1 from the June 2007 reporting period, the adjusted current estimate of program acquisition costs was $1,694,479.5m. For the September 2007 reporting period, there was a net cost increase of $7,653.5m (+0.5%), due primarily to revised cost estimates for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) and the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Reengining Program (RERP).

Current Estimate
($ in Millions)
June 2007 (93 programs)
$ 1,693,773.4
Plus one new program (B-2 EHF)
+706.1
June 2007 Adjusted (94 programs)
$ 1,694,479.5
Changes Since Last Report:

Economic

$ 0.0

Quantity

+370.1

Schedule

+292.4

Engineering

+276.1

Estimating

+6,391.4

Other

0.0

Support

+323.5

Net Cost Change
$ +7,653.5

September 2007 (94 programs)
$1,702,133.0

For the September 2007 reporting period, there were quarterly exception SARs submitted for nine programs. The reasons for the submissions are provided below.

Army:

ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) – The SAR was submitted to report a unit cost increase of approximately 20% higher than the current baseline estimate, which resulted in a “significant” Nunn-McCurdy breach. Program costs increased $1,009.1m (+18.7%) from $5,390.2m to $6,399.3m, due primarily to an increase in airframe manufacturing labor and material costs (+$345.5m), higher System Development and Demonstration (SDD) costs (+$290.9m), and implementation of an upgrade to the main rotor system (+205.5m).

Excalibur – The SAR was submitted to rebaseline the report from a Development to a Production estimate following approval of Low Rate Initial Production (Milestone C) for the Increment Ia-2 in July 2007. Program costs increased $161.6m (+7.0%) from $2,302.8m to $2,464.4m, due primarily to additional funding to support a higher Army Cost Position for the revised Acquisition Program Baseline approved at Milestone C.

WIN-T (Warfighter Information Network-Tactical) Increment 1 – This is the initial SAR for WIN-T Increment 1 program. Following a Nunn-McCurdy breach certification in June 2007 that restructured the original WIN-T program, the WIN-T Increment 1 program (formerly Joint Network Node (JNN)) was initiated in October 2007.

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 – This is the initial SAR for the WIN-T Increment 2 program. Following a Nunn-McCurdy breach certification in June 2007 that restructured the or

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