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Should Project Managers Buy Technical Data

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Technical Report,25 Jul 2016,06 Apr 2017

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Defense Acquisition University, Senior Service College Fellowship Program Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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Aligning technical data needs to program life-cycle requirements is key to sustaining, repairing, and acquiring additional products in the future. The purpose of this research is to help the acquisition workforce understand the data rights challenges associated with commercial and nondevelopment item procurements. The research draws on available secondary sources of information on technical data rights from Department of Defense directives and instructions, guidebooks, and official Government audit reports. The authors analysis finds that there is sufficient information to guide acquisition professionals on technical data procurement and management. The conclusion is that acquisition professionals should procure technical data rights for commercial and nondevelopmental items for products that will be in the Armys formation after the procurement contract has expired. This paper also makes several recommendations that acquisition professionals can use to structure intellectual property strategies.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management
  • Information Science

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