Implementation of the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009

A Progress Report

The primary challenge for today’s defense acquisition system is to execute acquisition programs without major schedule delays and cost overruns. Meeting that challenge has been the goal of acquisition reform improvements for decades. Today, all parties agree that the time is right for renewed efforts to improve the performance of the defense acquisition system. In 2009, Congress unanimously passed the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (WSARA), and President Obama signed it into Public Law 111-23 on May 22, 2009. All the players hailed it as an important step toward addressing many of the problematic issues facing the defense acquisition process.

One year has passed since WSARA was enacted. CSIS has tracked implementation and issued the report on progress to date. This implementation progress report as well as the associated appendix will change as WSARA implementation itself continues. The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group therefore recognizes that the content might not be completely accurate at any point in time and welcomes input and updates from readers.

Jesse Ellman, David Morrow

Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Joachim Hofbauer and David J. Berteau