How to Forecast, Budget and Introduce Agile Practices in a Financially Constrained and Uncertain Defense Environment

With military spending already constrained, and the threat of additional across-the-board cuts looming, Defense Department agencies face an uncertain environment in which to plan their budgets over the next decade. Pentagon officials have begun planning for how to maintain a sufficient force under the threat of an additional $500 billion in spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 2, 2013, if Congress doesn’t act. And even if the nation’s political parties eventually agree on a budget solution, that doesn’t change the fact that DOD is already operating under a constrained budget environment where new strategies for product and capability development are essential for future success.