Mobilization Readiness of Installation Support Contractors.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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The Department of Defense has become increasingly dependent upon contractors for installation support services. There is concern that those contractors may be unprepared to provide adequate service during periods of mobilization. We find that mobilization readiness of installation support contractors is generally not a problem. Most contracts are for low-skill housekeeping services that can be easily expanded during a mobilization. The few installations in each Military Department that have major contracts for administrative, logistics, or engineering support services critical to mobilization have taken steps to ensure contractor readiness. Contractors are no more reliant on former military members subject to recall than are comparable Government organizations. DoDs continuing emphasis on the Commercial Activities program and competitions between Government and the private sector is likely to increase the number of contractors providing critical support services. To ensure the readiness of those contractors, we recommend that installation managers 1 have mobilization plans, 2 delineate mobilization requirements in work solicitations, 3 include mobilization clauses in their contracts, and 4 require contractors to plan for the recall of former military personnel to active duty. Where appropriate, installations should include contractors in mobilization planning and exercises.
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