Warranties in Defense Acquisition: The Concept, the Context, and the Congress.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The purpose of this thesis was to examine recent legislation mandating warranties in Defense Acquisition, The examination comprised three discrete phases 1 the definition of Defense warranties and a comparison with standard commercial warranties, 2 examination of several contextual relationships affecting the acquisition environment, and 3 a review of legislative developments occurring between the Spring of 1983 and the Summer of 1984. As a result of this analysis it is concluded that the issue of Defense warranties is more complex than initially recognized by Congress, the life cycle cost implications of Defense warranties are poorly defined, and the intent of the initial warranty legislation was poorly conceived and conveyed. This study recommends that comprehensive examination of Defense Warranty Cost behaviors and enforcement practices be conducted in order to determine the most effective structures to implement the requirements of the legislation.
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