“The DoD cost community has found that program offices, Service Cost Centers and CAPE spend significant time developing new data collection plans, often from scratch, for each new program contract. To lessen this planning burden, the DoD cost community has implemented common cost data plan templates available for each weapon system commodity group and program phase. These plan templates shall be used as a starting point by program offices and should reflect all but the most unique tailoring requirements. The standard plan templates can currently be found on the CADE website.”
-DoD Cost Analysis Improvement Memo, January 9, 2017
Establishing a solid CSDR Plan as the basis for effective cost data collection is often a labor-intensive effort, which must be front loaded so that it can be (ideally) included in the RFP release. Too little time spent on Planning, and the data collected will be inadequate or missing altogether. Too much time spent on Planning, and the Acquisition process can be unnecessarily delayed. The single biggest enabler of improved efficiency in the Planning process without sacrificing thoroughness is the dissemination of CSDR Plan Standards, which have been drafted for all major system types as reflected in the appendices of MIL-STD-881C Work Breakdown Structures for Defense Materiel Items. These Standards serve as templates, so that rather than starting from scratch for each contract, or copying an old Plan that may itself have shortcomings, the CWIPT has a running start in establishing the new Plan. The Templates include additional WBS detail by system sub-type beyond what is contained in MIL-STD-881C; recommended Reporting Events by Phase (Development, Production, and O&S); and recommended reports to be submitted by WBS element at each Reporting Event.
CAPE partnered with all three service cost centers to draft and review the Standards. The Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA) led the development of the Standards for Aircraft Systems (Appendix A), Engines, and Avionics; Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Systems (Appendix H); Missile Systems (Appendix C); Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs); Space and Launch Systems (Appendix F); C4I Systems and Radar (Appendix B Electronic Systems); and Automated Information Systems (AIS) (Appendix K), Command and Control (C2) Centers, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems. AFCAA also provided expertise in the cross-cutting areas of Software (SRDR) and O&S. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE) led the development of the Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles (Appendix G Surface Vehicle Systems) Standard. Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCAA) led the development of the Ships (Appendix E Sea Systems) Standard.