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Acquisition Archetypes: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

White Paper
This April 2009 whitepaper is one in a short series of acquisition failures. This paper focuses on the problems of underspending, which can result in funds being shifted from one program to another.

Software Engineering Institute



From the Acquisition Support Program, one in a series of short papers on acquisition patterns of failure.

Acquisition Archetype: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

In today's acquisition environment, where progress is sometimes measured by dollars spent, underspending is not a virtue. In fact, it can lead to having funds shifted to another program.