Assessing the Affordability of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift Portfolio


Future Vertical Lift, the Army’s effort to develop a new generation of vertical lift systems, is one of its top modernization priorities. As part of this effort, the Army is pioneering the use of a combination of acquisition approaches that depart from the traditional defense acquisition system. Given the novelty of this approach, there are significant questions about the long-term affordability, sustainability, and industry dynamics of the Army’s approach. This report characterizes and assess the Army’s approach to vertical lift modernization; identifies long-term issues relating to programmatic, sustainment, and portfolio costs; and clarifies the long-term affordability implications of the Army’s portfolio approach to vertical lift modernization.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Army under contract #GS10F0095R.

Gregory Sanders
Deputy Director and Fellow, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group

Andrew Philip Hunter

Rhys McCormick