From EMD to Milestone C and Beyond: Common Issues that Affect Developmental Programs Transitioning into Production

Arlington, VA | September 15, 2021 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Forum Paper series, From EMD to Milestone C and Beyond: Common Issues that Affect Developmental Programs Transitioning into Production by Lt Gen Mark D. Shackelford, USAF (Ret.).

DOD and Air Force leaders are unanimous that the United States must be able to deliver critical capabilities rapidly and at affordable costs to maintain deterrence in an era of intensifying great power competition. Unfortunately, past acquisition programs, and particularly aircraft development programs, have often failed to deliver desired capabilities on time and budget. In this timely study, Gen Shackelford examines eight aircraft development programs that encountered challenges at Milestone C, the critical transition period from development to production. He identifies several common issues and offers key insights which may aid future programs to adopt a realistic and proactive approach to delivering needed capabilities on budget and schedule.

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