AoA MethodologiesANSER has been conducting acquisition analysis for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security since its inception in 1958. From developing the Air Force’s first-ever “10-Year Space Plan” to helping DHS formulate and implement its joint requirements development process, ANSER has been an integral partner in helping our federal government clients define, acquire, and maintain key capabilities to execute their missions.

These studies and analyses have spanned the entire life cycle of acquisition programs, from defining and validating requirements through key acquisition milestone decisions to fielding and maintaining programs. They have ranged from conceptual studies (F-X aka F-15, A-X aka A-10, C-X aka C-17, B-1, B-2) to maintenance value chain analyses. ANSER analysts have supported the development of nearly every major airborne weapon system in operation today as we continue to support major acquisition programs such as the F-35.

Always attuned to new and evolving concepts, ANSER is capable of supporting acquisition analyses well beyond major weapon systems programs. As a case in point, we have helped both DoD and DHS rapidly acquire critical capabilities for their operators in the field. We apply systems engineering, acquisition expertise, and programmatic knowledge through programs such as the DoD Joint Capability Technology Demonstration to help our clients “discover, develop, and deliver” essential capabilities in a fraction of the time demanded through normal acquisition processes. Similarly, ANSER analysts crafted an Agile Acquisition Roadmap for the DHS CIO. On a larger scale, we conducted an Integrated Investment Life-Cycle Management study for the Secretary of Homeland Security, which led to a more focused capabilities-based planning approach across the entire Department.