Facility Contracting: A Strategy to Bring Life to Inactive Army Ammunition Plants
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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What does the nation do with ammunition production plants after the fighting stops The U.S. military has struggled with the answer to this question throughout the 20th century. In 1990, the U.S. Army developed and implemented a new and innovative answer - issue facility contracts to operating contractors at inactive government-owned and contractor-operated GOCO plants. The objective is to convert mothballed ammunition plants into partially active commercial operations. Facility contracting stands at the forefront of todays defense conversion initiatives. This paper reviews facility contracting, its regulatory underpinnings and evolution, and experience gained at the first plant to make the transition - Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant. In addition to pointing out obstacles which have impeded implementation thus far, ongoing political and military initiatives to overcome these problems are explored. Finally, this paper offers recommendations and guidance for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army as they reshape and expand the implementation of facility contracting during the next few years.
- Administration and Management
- Ammunition and Explosives