The Procurement of Non Developmental Items: Pros and Cons
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT
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The acquisition of a new weapon system and its sophisticated components has become an extremely critical issue for every country, because costs associated with the development of the system have grown significantly. In order to reduce those costs and maintain an efficient system of defense procurement the Congress recommended a wider use of Nondevelopmental Items NDI into weapon systems and the application of commercial practices when buying NDI. This research examines the acquisition of commercial items as they exist under current statute and regulation, and how they will be handled in the future. The research involved interviews with high-level DOD officials and review of existing case studies concerning commercial acquisition of defense related items, current statutory and regulatory acquisition procedures, and proposed legislation. The information gathered from all sources examined indicates that acquisition reform in the nature of ND is necessary. The results of this research clearly show that, as a minimum, time and money will be saved by adopting these new procedures.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies