Air Force Magazine: Cost-Per-Effect Is Best Way to Compare Weapons’ Value

July 9, 2020

What appears to be the best choice on a budget spreadsheet may not consider real-world issues critical to ensuring long-term best value. Defense officials may want to consider focusing less on traditional metrics like cost per flying hour and unit price, and put more emphasis on metrics that instead account for weapons’ efficiency and effectiveness.

Doing so can better prepare programs like the B-21 bomber to survive budget cuts, says Bill LaPlante, senior vice president for MITRE National Security Sector.

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