Evolutionary Acquisition Strategy

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JOINT LOGISTICS COMMANDERS GUIDANCE FOR USE OF
EVOLUTIONARY ACQUISITION STRATEGY
TO ACQUIRE WEAPONS SYSTEMS

REISSUED AND
REVISED JUNE 1998
WITH A NEW FOREWORD

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The EA philosophy and implementation instructions have withstood the test of time.
The processes described in this reissue of the 1995 document retain their utility today.
Although the references to policy used to support the use of EA in Chapter One have been
overtaken by subsequent events, the EA methodology embedded within Chapters Two
through Five is unaffected by the fundamental policy changes that have occurred over the
past 8 years. Those Chapters need no revision to ensure their currency because they depend
upon the unchanging nature of technical (rather than management) process. The
reader will find them the same as in the May 1995 documentation.

The EA concept is no longer simply a viable optional methodology for acquiring new
weapon systems. As current events clearly demonstrate, it is perhaps the only mechanism
available to achieve and maintain weapon superiority given the rapid pace of technology
change and changes in U.S. and world economic and political conditions.

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