Recent Large Service Acquisitions in the Department of Defense: Lessons for the Office of the Secretary of Defense

By Frank Camm; Irv Blickstein et al. | Go to book overview

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In August 2001, the Directorate of Acquisition Resources and Analysis in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) asked the RAND Corporation to identify policy issues relevant to large service acquisitions that deserved closer attention in OSD. RAND agreed to examine six new large acquisitions of various kinds of services in different parts of the Department of Defense (DoD) and to extract policy implications relevant to OSD. This report documents our findings from this effort.Table S.1 provides high-level information about the six cases we examined. We chose these cases, with OSD's concurrence, because they represent as broad a range of new approaches to services acquisition as possible within a limited number of cases. They include
Each of the armed services and a defense agency.
Single providers, teams of providers, and even multiple teams of providers, each with its own contract. One provider has two separate prime contracts in one case.
Large and small providers. Most small providers serve as subcontractors on one of the teams in the sample, but some act as prime contractors that integrate and oversee the services of large and small subcontractors.
Sole-source providers and providers selected by competition for a continuing program and within a continuing program.
Purely commercial activities, such as food service in the continental United States, and services with no immediate commer

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