Accession Number : ADA624433


Title :   Quarrelsome Committees in U.S. Defense Acquisition: The KC-X Case


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO


Personal Author(s) : Franck, Raymond ; Udis, Bernard


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a624433.pdf


Report Date : 30 Apr 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 45


Abstract : With two mature contenders, KC-X source selection should have been concluded quickly and cleanly. Instead, it was a prolonged near-disaster. The original selection of leased KC-767s was made in May 2003. Initial operating capability (IOC) for the Boeing KC-46 is expected in 2017 14 years later. First, we explain the rationale for the program, and then we provide a short history up to source selection in February of 2011. Second, we consider why this process became so prolonged and embarrassing. In doing that, we focus on models that have useful explanatory power. Among other things, it seems clear the standard paradigm (sovereign monopsonist) doesn t work well in this case. A more useful paradigm is that the U.S. government is better viewed as a quarrelsome committee. We conclude, for example, that Graham Allison s Model III (Governmental Politics) is a useful explanatory paradigm. Finally, we consider what the KC-X Affair tells us about the U.S. acquisition process in general. We also consider what this case suggests for the next round of defense acquisition reform. This is a much-abridged version of a longer paper. A more complete version is available from the authors on request.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *TANKER AIRCRAFT , CASE STUDIES , HISTORY , PANEL(COMMITTEE) , SELECTION


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE