Too many Government programs overrun these days. I believe that favorable program acquisition decisions should not be made without realistic life cycle program costs. Those costs should be reviewed in conjunction with the current budget constraints to determine whether they are viable or whether capability should be traded off in order to stay within a constrained budget. Too often programs are allowed to proceed through the acquisition life cycle without a full understanding of what it will take to maintain a the capability once it's procured and fielded.
In an attempt to turn the corner on cost overruns I propose that the Under Secretary for Management Directorate staff their office with cost analysts that review all major program life cycle cost estimates in conjunction with available budgets prior to all Acquisition Decision Events and Budget Submittals.