Effect of the Analysis of Alternatives on the DoD acquisition system

Eugene Rex L Jalao, Danielle Worger, Teresa Wu, J. Robert Wirthlin, John M. Colombi

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The Enterprise Requirements and Acquisition Model (ERAM) is a discrete event simulation that models the major tasks and decisions within the DoD acquisition system. A majority of DoD acquisition projects are being completed behind schedule and over budget. ERAM suggests process improvements can have salutary effects. Hence, enhancements in improving the end-to-end acquisition process would be worthwhile. Until 2008, the Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) process is a mandatory task for acquisition category (ACAT) level 1 projects. As such expected program completion time for ACAT 2 and ACAT3 categories is shorter. Since 2008, the AoA became a required procedure for all programs. However, to the best of our knowledge, the impact of requiring all programs to complete an AoA has not yet been studied in literature. This research addresses this gap with two main contributions. First, this research seeks to quantify the amount of delay on total completion time when the AoA is required for all ACAT programs. Secondly, the sensitivity of the processing time and variability of the AoA process is simulated and its effect is studied on total program completion time. Viable policies and intervention strategies are then inferred from these contributions to further improve acquisition program completion time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2013
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 18 2013May 22 2013


OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan


  • Acquisition
  • Analysis of alternatives
  • DoD
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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