Nondevelopmental Item Acquisition
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Presidents Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management issued its final report to the President in June 1986. The Commission made a strong recommendation to make greater use of components, systems, and services available off-the-shelf. These items are known as nondevelopmental items NDI and increased use should save millions of dollars daily, shorten acquisition times, and produce a higher quality product. To take advantage of NDI the Department of Defense must not only start to acquire more commercial products, but perhaps more importantly start to do business in a more commercial way. There is present legislation that works at cross-purposes to these NDI goals. The mood in Congress and within DOD is very pro NDI. The time is right to get on with NDI. Instructions and objectives are being promulgated on implementation of NDI. The National Defense Appropriations Act for FY 1987 has directed DOD to identify impediments in current legislation. The Packard Report and subsequent DOD instructions include definite recommendations to take advantage of the advanced technology found in the commercial marketplace.
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