analysis of alternatives
Assessment of potential materiel solutions to satisfy the capability need documented in the approved Initial Capabilities Document. It focuses on identification and assesses potential materiel solutions, key trades between cost and capability, total life-cycle cost, including sustainment, schedule, concepts of operations, and overall risk. The AoA will inform and be informed by affordability analysis, cost analysis, sustainment considerations, early systems engineering analyses, threat projections, and market research. It supports a decision on the most cost effective solution that has a reasonable likelihood of providing the validated capability requirement(s). The AoA is normally conducted during the Materiel Solution Analysis phase, is key input to the Capability Development Document, and supports the materiel solution decision at Milestone A. The AoA may be updated for subsequent decision points and milestone reviews if design changes impact AoA assumptions.
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