Streamlined DoD Program Start-Up


A US military client was looking for help in acquisition strategy, risk assessment, and program office cost estimates. The client’s goal was to establish a weapons system program that would be successful throughout its life cycle by establishing a strong foundation based on the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02. The intention was to bring new capability to the warfighter on-time and within economic constraints.


Guidehouse approached the challenge based on our mission statement, to work side-by-side with our clients to solve big problems, build trust, and empower our clients to shape the future. Our goal as a firm is to always not only know the map, the DoDI 5000.02, but also the terrain, knowing how to comply with statutory/regulatory policy while also shaping a program to be successful. Through our extensive experience within weapons system program offices across Department of Defense, we’ve built a team that not only delivers products, but does so while working hand-in-hand with the client and walking with them through the terrain.


Guidehouse developed milestone documentation approved by the Milestone Decision Authority in 14 months, well under the Government Accountability Office’s timetable of two years and with half the average team size. In addition, Guidehouse provided a well-supported Program Office Estimate that set the program up for success by establishing the budget that was easily defended against cuts from the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee.

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