DoD Use of Commercial Acquisition Practices When They Apply and When They Do Not
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Washington United States
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The Department of Defense DoD generally buys major weapon systems through the defense acquisition system, a process that is highly tailorable but still built around the assumption that the DoD will compensate suppliers for product development, contract through Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations and be heavily involved in all aspects of the product life cycle. A number of organizationsincluding the Defense Business Board, some think tanks and some in Congresshave encouraged or recommended greater use of commercial practices. There are indeed times when using more commercial practices makes sense, and we should be alert to those opportunitiesin any aspect of defense procurement.