Who in the government decides what weapons to buy for the military?

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My answer to Who in the government decides what weapons to buy for the military?

Answer by Ken Larson:

The Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council (DSARC) overseas a rigidly controlled level of review from initial development through production.

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

“The Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council (DSARC) advises the Secretary of Defense on the acquisition of major defense systems, reviews the status of individual programs, and formulates recommendations to the Secretary of Defense. It has conducted over 178 reviews since it began in 1969, and some programs have required successive reviews.”

A Critique of the Performance of the Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council: Billions in Public Funds Involved

Congress incrementally approves funding for all weapons on a fiscal year basis. If weapons systems do not receive ongoing funding they are not acquired. The picture below is an example of some systems and programs that are now seriously under review in terms of a funds vs. benefits trade offs:

Image: Rose Covered Glasses

Red Flags of Waste in the FY 2017 Defense Budget

Who in the government decides what weapons to buy for the military?

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About rosecoveredglasses

2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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