Except this is a no-brainer that requires little to no thinking:
The U.S. Defense Department is scrapping the ponderously slow Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) process, which defines acquisition requirements for the military.
All I can think of is unintended consequences. So please tell me again who invented JCIDS and what problem was it intended to solve?
Anyway, what’s the benefit of getting rid of JCIDS?
It would also allow the Defense Department to buy space systems for one-third of the cost it now pays because the Pentagon would be able to buy equipment off the shelf.
One-third? Please. There may be some examples where that’s true, but on the whole, it won’t be so.
Is it really possible that Congressional oversight would allow DoD to overpay on such a scale? (Note: Congress requiring DoD to overpay like this is not so hard to imagine. It’s called “regulatory capture.”)
More likely this means the space procurement budget will be cut two-thirds (based on presumed savings) in order to meet a funding-cut bogey.