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System-of-Systems Influences on Acquisition Strategy Development

July 2013 White Paper
Rita C. Creel, Robert J. Ellison

In this paper, the authors discuss significant new sources of risk and recommend ways to address them.

Abstract

An acquisition strategy is a top-level roadmap that focuses on highlighting and managing risks to a successful outcome. Business requirements for supporting work processes require integration across multiple systems, spanning multiple business or organizational units. This operational context incorporates significant new sources of risk, such as a large and diverse user community and increasing uncertainty and complexity, that become key drivers for acquisition strategy development and execution. Some recommendations for addressing these challenges in an acquisition strategy are discussed.