Accession Number : ADA585997


Title :   An Analysis of the Efficiency of Sourcing Knowledge-based Services in the United States Air Force


Descriptive Note : MBA professional rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Syed, Mohammad ; Qureshi, Muhammad ; Welch, Brian


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a585997.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 175


Abstract : The purpose of this study is to explore whether and how the United States Air Force (USAF) can improve efficiency in sourcing knowledge-based services by instituting for-profit sector best practices in strategic sourcing. Knowledge-based services are a major part of the total services acquired by the Department of Defense (DoD); however, the DoD is currently unable to determine how much savings can be attained in this area. Despite evolving DoD policies, there is currently no cost-saving/avoidance framework or set of best practices for knowledge-based service contracts. In this study, we interviewed procurement professionals from the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, analyzed USAF knowledge-based service contracts, and conducted a spend analysis on the USAF FY2010 spend data to identify for-profit best practices to aid the USAF in realizing cost savings when purchasing knowledge-based services. The findings of this research suggest that the USAF is currently not utilizing the for-profit best practices to their fullest potential. This study provides recommendations for the USAF and DoD to realize additional cost savings in the purchasing of knowledge-based services. Additionally, the research serves as a pilot for future study on identifying for-profit sector best practices in the sourcing of knowledge-based services.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE , *CONTRACTED SERVICES , *COSTS , *KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS , CONTRACTS , EFFICIENCY , MILITARY PROCUREMENT , OUTSOURCING , POLICIES , SAVINGS , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE