For Replicator to succeed, the DOD will need to adapt acquisition methods and evolve its current unmanned system doctrine, strategies, and CONOPS.
Existing operational strategies are not designed to support the volumes and types of unmanned systems that Replicator envisions. To inform development priorities, the DOD should collaborate with industry stakeholders and warfighters to identify and account for gaps.
To assess emerging capabilities and concepts like Replicator, BCE has developed and deployed a DOTMLPF-P Maturity Framework to help clients assess concept evolution and identify key investment areas to support full scale production, fielding, and utilization. Industry and end users can help the DOD evaluate Replicator maturity across eight criteria*:
Once the DOD has collaboratively assessed the current state of readiness for adoption of Replicator, the customer community will have a clear understanding of areas for investment to mature key DOTMLPF-P elements. This analysis can then be used to inform a road map of next steps and investment priorities that ensures the DOD deploys resources to the highest priority areas and can measure progress against its initial baseline assessment.
BCE’s initial analysis of the level of maturity across DOTMLPF-P elements relative to the levels needed to support adoption of Replicator unmanned systems at scale highlights key gaps that will require attention. BCE’s global aerospace and defense team will continue to monitor DOD’s progress while supporting industry stakeholders’ Replicator strategies.
*DOTMLPF-P element definitions per the Defense Acquisition Encyclopedia
Joe is a principal in BCE Consulting’s Global Aerospace & Defense practice based in Boston, MA. Joe joined BCE in January 2018 after working at Audax Group, a private equity firm, and is responsible for leading one of the firm’s Fortune 200 defense clients. Joe has led concept development through engagement delivery across mission areas, domains, customers, and geographies. His recent work ahs focused on JADC2, C5ISRT, the space and undersea domains, unmanned systems, and integrated air and missile defense.