Government - Prime Contractor - Subcontractor Relationships: An Analysis.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This study was undertaken to delineate, analyze, and evaluate the various relationships established between the Government, prime contractors and subcontractors in the acquisition of modern weapon systems within the Department of Defense. Envisioned were the achievement of two primary objectives. First, to identify the relationships as currently established, as well as any significant problems created by these relationships and second, to attempt to ascertain the impact of these relationships, and their inherent problems, on the weapon acquisition process itself. Research methodology consisted of an extensive literature review along with personal interviews of key acquisition officials within both Government and industry. While present relationships were found to be basically effective and efficient, problems and inequities were perceived particularly by subcontractors and should be addressed. While the size and scope of this effort precluded a conclusive finding that present relationships, on the whole, impact negatively on the Federal acquisition process, evidence was found that inequities and problems inherent in present relationships have the potential for hindering the objectives of the weapons acquisition process and that certain remedial actions were both feasible and desirable. Author
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