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    Has Congress ever 'killed' an MDAP?


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    The role of Congress in the "Big A" acquisition process is to provide funding for programs and to assure taxpayers' dollars are used to promote the interests and security of the United States. Program development, management, and execution are within the responsibility of the Department of Defense and the component services. Congress can "kill" a program by withholding funding. An example would be the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS). The Army requested $45 million to operate the missile detection system in the FY17 budget. Congress apparently disagreed with the request for the troubled program and defunded the Army's request from $45M to $2.5M effectively "killing" the program. The program is formally cancelled when the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) issues the Acquisition Decision Memorandum.

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