DOD Signals Shift To More Modest Weapons Contracts

Law360, New York (July 12, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT) -- A new U.S. Department of Defense analysis of contract cost overruns takes aim at the military’s long-standing habit of asking contractors to load up new weapons with every capability on the DOD's wish list, signaling a shift toward simpler and cheaper arms acquisitions as budgets decline.

The DOD report, the first in a planned series of annual looks at the costs of its Major Defense Acquisition Program, identified several trends behind the all-too-common cost growth in its weapons contracts. While the DOD said it had made progress in slowing...
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