This proactive approach to assessing program status is driven by mission need and the date a system is required, rather than the excessive length of the acquisition cycle. Programs can be much more flexible to respond to changing mission needs, because there is not as much emphasis on locking down the requirements. The entire process is more agile because programs are able to stay in iterative development until production lead times coincide with need dates.
The ultimate effect of this new SBA process will be
the ability to conduct "what if" scenarios across the entire spectrum of the
DoD. Program teams will be charged with evaluating the interactions of their
system(s) with other systems on the battlefield. The oversight function will
be armed with the knowledge to make better informed decisions on which systems
will best meet the military's needs. Program teams will have a much closer
link to the battlefield upon which the systems operate, because they will be
able to constantly see the battlefield effects and implications of their
design decisions. All will help keep the team focused on the real goal of
producing superior systems.