In this book, the author shows that, although current military missions are adapted to post-Cold War realities, the self-defeating bias of bureaucrats and military services toward Cold War weaponry is still prevalent. He examines the impact of this bias on the armed services. .
1. U.S. Weapons Acquisition in the Post-Cold War Transition 2. Perspectives on Acquisition Deficiencies 3. Threat Assessment: How the Services Define Objectives 4. Weapon Requirements: Whether the Services Fully Consider Objectives 5. Organizational Learning: How the Services Change Objectives 6. Trade-offs, Timing, and Testing: Weapon Performance in Development and Production 7. Contractors, Civilians, and Congress: The Acquisition Context 8. Foregoing Premature Conclusions: Opening the Acquisition Process