Using Commercial Practices in DoD Acquisition: A Page from Industry's Playbook
DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA
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Using commercial business practices, or doing business like business, is a recurring theme of the defense reform debate. The 1972 Commission on Government Procurement called for the businesslike operation of federal procurement. The 1984 Grace Commission sought to apply private sector management tenets across the entire federal government. More recently, the Packard Commission and the 1986 Defense Science Board DSB noted the potential advantages of adopting commercial practices in the Department of Defense and, in broad terms, identified some of those practices. Despite the potential advantages that commercial practices offer, however, DOD has yet to implement them on a widespread basis. The exhibit below shows basic reasons for delay.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies