Procurement of the AOE-6
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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This was the title of an article, by staff writer Ralph Vartabedian, published in the Los Angeles Times on June 16,1992. It detailed the account of the Navys handling of a ship construction contract for the AOE-6 Class supply ship and the financial problems and managerial decisions that were made by both the Navy and the defense contractor involved in this procurement program. The decisions which were made regarding the construction of the lead ship AOE-6 and the subsequent awards for the three follow-on ships of the same class, have sparked controversy and speculation about the governments involvement in assisting defense contractors and the political decisions which arise out of the issues of saving jobs and bolstering a sagging economy. The Case Study which follows details the events leading up to the Navys decision to build this new ship class and the resultant procurement program for these vessels. It delineates the chronology of these events, which span more than a decade, and provides insight into the complexity of developing a major weapons system through the current government acquisition process.
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies