Project Title: Acquisition Wargaming
One of the key challenges in acquisition planning and reform is that it is extremely difficult to evaluate the impact of singular acquisition decisions on long-term outcomes. This difficulty is experienced in planning an acquisition for a single program and for implementing policy changes that affect the Air Force as a whole. In an ideal world, the Air Force could preview the consequences of its decisions before implementing an acquisition plan or policy.
By simulating an acquisition environment through a wargaming methodology, the Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation (OTI) aims to provide senior leaders with a powerful tool to assess the consequences of acquisition choices on individual programs as well as the effects of policy choices across the Air Force enterprise. In July 2015, OTI released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit ideas on tools/strategies that may facilitate a more interactive approach for engaging industry in the acquisition wargaming process and promoting critical thinking. We received multiple responses covering both, interactive acquisition war gaming tools and services. The responses will help guide the future direction of this project. OTI is also exploring partnering, collaboration, and transition opportunities with Air University (AU) and Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) for this effort.