inherent in the evolutionary acquisition process present even greater opportunities for these counterproductive incentives to be expressed. Improving the incentive structure is perhaps the most onerous obstacle facing the DoD acquisition process if it is to meet the difficult challenges in acquiring and fielding complex, expensive systems in a timely, efficient manner.

Recommendation 8: The deputy secretary of defense should charge a blue ribbon panel, including experts in organizational behavior, multiobjective decision making, and other relevant areas, to review the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment panel’s proposed changes to DoD acquisition policies and procedures. This review should take place (if possible) before any changes to the policies are implemented in order to assess and improve their likelihood of being successfully implemented in the DoD and defense industry culture.

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