The Impact of Regulations on Multi-National Acquisition.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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There are a variety of United States Statutes that impact the contracting officer during the acquisition of requirements from foreign sources. Some of these statutes have provisions for making a determination for their waiver, for others no waiver is possible without Congressional action. The U. S. has entered the world weapons market on an increasing scale in the past few years as a result based, in part, on the new emphasis on NATO cooperation. International considerations are important aspects to be evaluated during the acquisition cycle. Existing international programs have experienced a reluctance by foreign countries and firms to utilize U. S. imposed contracting procedures by the country or firm in their domestic environment, procedures that frequently differ from what is considered normal or standard for the particular country or firm. This thesis addresses the U. S. regulations that have proved to be difficult to impose on foreign governments and contractors and analyzed the alternatives available to the contracting officer waivers and alternative procedures that provide the same level of confidence as the original statute. The thesis concludes by offering some recommendations to improve the international contracting process. Author
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