dent evaluation of the progress of ACAT I systems in development when there is a change in program manager. This evaluation should include a review by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), complemented by independent scientific expertise as needed, to address outstanding technical manufacturing and capability issues, to assess the progress of a defense system under the previous program manager, and to ensure that the new program manager is fully informed of and calibrated to present and likely future OSD concerns.

Clearly, there are many details and challenges associated with developing and implementing this recommendation that are beyond the panel’s scope and expertise. However, we emphasize that there are systemic problems with the current system of program management and that they are serious obstacles to the implementation of efficient practices.

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