Responding to Threats in a Constrained Environment

Acquisition programs in the Department of Defense often seem interminable in length, but during the last several years, GAO has tracked a reduction in major defense acquisition programs from 98 in 2010 to 86 in their most recent report issued in March 2013.  These are the the most expensive programs, such as ships, aircraft and combat vehicles, totaling over $1.6 trillion.  While the number of programs has dropped, the cost has actually increased over the same period.  Given the current budgetary environment, what is the impact on the hundreds of other programs on the Acquisition Master List?  The Air Force, for example, listed over 450 programs on its master list in 2013.  Many of these programs will face cuts and restructuring.  How will it affect your programs?