A Feasibility Assessment of a Single Contracting Office for Common-User Transportation Services
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This study was conducted to determine the feasibility of consolidating the contracting functions that purchase common-user transportation services and occurs within the headquarters of the three component commands of USTRANSCOM. Through interviews and documentary research, descriptions and flow charts were developed of the contracting processes for each of the following transportation services international airlift, domestic airlift, government vessel operating contracts, ocean chartering agreements, liner agreements, group passenger moves, and volume freight movements. Similarities and differences of the contracting processes were noted and presented in a table. A literature review on mergers and acquisitions was conducted to determine the rationale, tasks, and impact of consolidating activities. Based upon the literature review and the comparison of the contracting processes, recommendations were made to maintain the status quo for the contracting of international airlift, government vessel operating contracts, and ocean chartering agreements and to consider the consolidation of the contracting for domestic airlift, liner agreements, group passenger moves, and volume freight movements. Keywords Commercial transportation DoD Acquisition Traffic management Civil reserve air fleet Airlift Sealift.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies