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Military Acquisitions in a World with Rising Chinese Control

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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The traditional Department of Defense acquisitions system is adapting too slowly for todays digital age. Activities of China are explored that provide a compelling need for an acquisitions revolution. The new mission-focused approach is driving the contracting community to be offensive-focused business leaders. Scrutiny is being applied to existing rules to take advantage of authorities that already exist. Aside from exercising existing authorities and programs that have historically been under-utilized, a plethora of newer initiatives have also been initiated. Below are recommendations for further improvement Contracting Rapid contract capability for unplanned work. Manpower Space Combat Developers administrative support for acquisition branch chiefs casual status government civilians need a more efficient way to quickly add staff military service pause and return and programs need to be balanced with available staff. Funding Structure program elements to be at the Program Executive Officer portfolio level expand funds matchingprivate investment to standard acquisition and programs should not have funding cut due to efficient spending. Program Initiation Push back on laws that say a new organization cannot be stood up unless it is shown to save dollars or people requirement documents need to transition into problem documents and working with the government needs to function in a way that is not foreign to commercial businesses. Security and IT Architecture Separate classified issues to have more stand-alone portions that can be solved in an unclassified environment develop new classification levels definitions security clearances special programs and compartments access should follow the individual Common Access Cards for support contractors should last longer than the end date on a contract and high-capacity data transfer and storage methods should be easily available within each classification.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]