Deloitte Reports $468B 2015 Cost Overrun for Major Defense Acquisition Programs; Robin Lineberger Comments

Robin Lineberger
Robin Lineberger

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Oct. 27, 2016 — A study conducted by Deloitte has found that the total cost overrun of major defense acquisition programs reached $468 billion in 2015 with a 48.3-percent growth from 2008’s $295 billion, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday.

Deloitte said Monday the report found that there is a trend of cost growth and schedule delays on the Defense Department‘s MDAP portfolio with nearly 30 months in average schedule delays.

“Our research indicates that over the past seven years, the problem has persisted, albeit at a decreasing rate of growth, ” said Robin Lineberger, principal for the U.S. aerospace and defense practice at Deloitte Consulting.

“When looking at defense programs with the largest growth or largest declines, we find that those with the largest growth result from quantity increases but also process inefficiencies, design and technical modifications, and major restructuring such as combining programs and changing the mix of items in a manner that delayed schedules or created cost overruns.”

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