Recommendation P-2: The Under Secretary of Defense for
Acquisition and Technology should train its civilian and military personnel
who participate in the acquisition of C4I systems to understand the difference
between C4I systems and weapons systems.
Program managers must
understand the intrinsic differences between C4I and weapons technologies, and
they must be able to argue the significance of those differences in front of
acquisition boards and oversight councils that are more accustomed to dealing
with weapons systems. Today, conservative "by the book" approaches that are
better suited to long-lived weapons systems are regularly applied to C4I
systems, even though existing acquisition rules allow considerable flexibility
in the management of a C4I program.