A New World Order for Acquisition
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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The United States is developing a new defense strategy as one facet of its overall national security strategy as a result of dramatic changes in the international environment brought about by the end of the Cold War. One major pillar of this strategy is reconstitution which involves maintaining technology and innovation necessary to retain a decisive military competitive edge and the ability to activate the industrial base on a large scale to meet an emerging threat. A new weapons acquisition approach is also developing to support this strategy which emphasizes research and development, increased prototyping, modification of existing systems, reduced quantities and rates of production, and expanded government oversight of the industrial base. This paper examines the new acquisition strategy as it relates to the concept of reconstitution, its planned management structure, and implications for the US defense acquisition process. It specifically addresses the areas of research and development, weapons systems acquisition, and the defense industrial base. The paper concludes with a brief look at the French experience using a similar defense acquisition approach.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies