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Acquisition Reform to Enable Military Effectiveness

By: William Lucyshyn, John Paul Rigilano

November 08, 2017

College Park, MD….On November 27, 2017, the UMD’s Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (CPPPE) released its latest findings and recommendations in the “Acquisition Reform to Enable Military Effectiveness” report.  The report written by William Lucyshyn, Research Professor and Director of Research; and John P. Rigilano, Researcher, at the Center identifies the recommendations and comments from industry and former DoD leadership.  Report also suggests a new acquisition process with more agility that aligns with the needs of today’s warfighter.

Public-Private Partnerships: Leveraging Private Resources For The Public Good

By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn

January 01, 2016

The federal government faces daunting long-term fiscal challenges that jeopardize
delivery of essential programs and services. In its December 2012 report, The Moment of
Truth, the bi-partisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
(Simpson-Bowles) concluded that “The problem is real. The solution will be painful.
There is no easy way out. Everything must be on the table” (p. 6). State and local
governments also face significant fiscal pressure. Absent major policy changes,
expenditures will continue to outpace revenues, resulting in growing negative balances
that threaten many jurisdictions’ ability to provide services, and invest in much-needed


Independent Research And Development (IR&D) The Challenges Continue

By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn

October 01, 2015

For nearly 80 years, defense policy makers have worked to develop and refine policy that incentivizes firms to undertake independent research and development (IR&D), defined by the Department of Defense (DoD) as research and development that is not sponsored, or required, in the performance of a contract or grant, but that is ultimately recovered through the firm’s overhead rate. As enacted, IR&D policy permits investment in four areas: basic research, applied research, development, and systems and other concept formulation studies. To qualify as IR&D, the firms’ effort must be of potential interest to the DoD. Beginning in 1996, firms could seek reimbursement for up to 100% of their IR&D investment. Today, the DoD reimburses defense and commercial firms nearly $4 billion annually for their IR&D efforts (Erwin, 2015a).

IR&D The Challenges Continue

Reducing The Challenges To Making Cybersecurity Investments In The Private Sector

By: Lawrence A. Gordon, Ph.D., Martin P. Loeb, Ph.D., William Lucyshyn, Lei Zhou

June 30, 2015

The underlying objective of the research project described in this Final Report (hereafter referred to as the Report) was to understand more fully the challenges associated with making cybersecurity investments in the private sector, and to recommend policies for facilitating the appropriate level of such investments. Particular emphasis was given to those firms that own and/or operate assets critical to the national infrastructure. As discussed in Section I of the Report, we began by developing a conceptual/analytical framework for making cybersecurity investments. In other words, since cybersecurity investments compete with other investment opportunities available to firms, they need to be justified in terms of showing that the benefits exceed the costs (i.e., ultimately, cybersecurity investments become a business decision in the private sector). This means that companies in the private sector must be able to “make the business case” for investing in cybersecurity activities in a manner that is consistent with the way companies consider other investment decisions. 

Reducing The Challenges

Reforming Acquisition: This Time Must Be Different

By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn, Ryan Ouimette, Bryn Woollacott

June 01, 2015

The Department of Defense (DoD) has pursued acquisition reform for decades in an effort to address persistent cost and schedule growth across major programs. Although countless reforms have been proposed and implemented, headline-grabbing incidences of waste, fraud, and abuse continue to attract the attention of Congress and the American public. In light of emerging threats and increased budgetary pressure, problems within the defense acquisition system may grow deeper. The time to act is now. Failure to make needed changes will have lasting negative impacts on our armed forces and national security policies.

Reforming Acquisition