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Asking the Right Question: Cost-Awareness Policy in the Army

Monday, December 15, 2014

Formal policy directives and published guidebooks requiring a rigorous cost-benefit analysis has helped rein in costs, but mostly has led to solid data on costs of alternatives decisions.

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What does the Army cost? With this powerful question, The Honorable Nelson Ford, former undersecretary of the Army and assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller, set in motion a transformation in cost-awareness policy that permeated the Department of the Army budget and financial

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