By Dr. Bill Stockman
Today in the Department of Defense (DOD), many of the largest acquisition programs are intended to be low-risk purchases of existing airframes to meet military requirements. Examples include the new presidential aircraft and helicopter, Navy maritime patrol aircraft, US Air Force (USAF) rescue and utility helicopters, and the USAF tanker. Yet, recent history has shown these “low risk” programs are anything but low risk—they are fraught with acquisition difficulties, development challenges and production issues—often worse than new development programs.
The intent of The Commercial Derivative Aircraft (CDA) Acquisition Guide and the book, Successful Integration of Commercial Systems—A Study of Commercial Derivative Systems, is to provide guidance and discussion of how commercial derivative aircraft (CDA) play a significant role in the past, present and future military force structures.