Affordability Requirements Forum (Affordability Requir)

Venue: The National Press Club

Location: Washington, Washington DC, United States

Event Date/Time: May 17, 2011 End Date/Time: May 18, 2011
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Defense affordability – it's a phrase that will be repeated throughout 2011. Deficit reduction pressures are finally hitting DoD – including a $78 billion top-line cut over five years, with a possible reduction of up to 47,000 troops. Going forward, programs will be designed for affordability, not desire. Unaffordable technical requirements will be discarded at program inception.

From the Navy's next generation ballistic missile submarine to the Air Force's long range bomber and Army's Ground Combat Vehicle, cost will be a critical factor in the development of new weapons systems.

Aviation Week's Affordability Requirements Forum will highlight the new business processes and illustrate how certain programs are adhering to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics' directives to treat affordability as a requirement. You will learn how programs are getting "more without more" and achieving BETTER BUYING POWER.

This two day forum will familiarize you with DoD's new processes by focusing on:
- How program managers will evaluate cost drivers and interact with combat developers to ensure that the full cost impact of requirements is understood
- Establishing affordability targets that will be treated by program managers as key performance parameters
- Methodology for conducting a systems engineering tradeoff analysis: Demonstrating the influence of design decisions (and alternatives) on affordability and how a product can become less expensive without sacrificing necessary functionality
- Driving productivity through Will Cost/Should Cost management: Determining what a system should cost if cost efficiencies are applied
- Government-Industry idea exchange: Which data requests/reporting requirements and acquisition practices cause industry to adopt processes and make investments that increase non-value added costs?
- Encouraging supplier innovation to drive down costs


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