Accession Number : ADA538770


Title :   Services Supply Chain in the Department of Defense: A Comparison of Acquisition Management Practices in the Army, Navy, and Air Force


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Apte, Aruna ; Apte, Uday ; Rendon, Rene G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a538770.pdf


Report Date : 23 Aug 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 51


Abstract : This paper presents the results of our empirical studies of current management practices in services acquisition in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The primary objective of these studies was to develop a comprehensive understanding of how services acquisition is being managed within as well as across individual military Services. In these empirical studies, we developed and deployed a webbased survey to collect primary data. Specifically, we studied the current management practices in areas such as contract characteristics, and we studied acquisition management methods, including regional- or installation-level acquisition use of the project management approach, acquisition leadership, and ownership of requirements. We also studied other program management issues such as the ability of personnel responsible for acquisition, adequacy of acquisition billets and their fill rates, and training provided to services acquisition personnel. We found that for the most part, the services contracts awarded and administered conformed to our expectation. For example, most services contracts are competitively bid, fixed-priced awards with minimal use of any type of contract incentives. The survey data also confirmed that the Navy uses a regional approach in services acquisition, while the Army and the Air Force use an installation-level approach. These differences, in turn, appear to be having important implications for other acquisition management practices, such as the use of project management and contract surveillance. One surprising finding of the study was that the project teams are often led by the contracting officer as opposed to by a formally designated project manager who is responsible for the overall success of the service project. Finally, the survey respondents indicated that the number of authorized staff positions for services acquisition was inadequate and


Descriptors :   *SUPPLIES , *ACQUISITION , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , PROJECT MANAGEMENT , ARMY PERSONNEL , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , NAVAL PERSONNEL


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE