Annual Report to Congress: The Foreign Comparative Testing Program, Fiscal Year 1995.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC
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The Foreign Comparative Testing FCT Program is vital to supporting the U.S. policy of international armaments cooperation. The FCT Program reduces overall Department of Defense DoD acquisition costs by facilitating the procurement of non-developmental items NDI. At the same time, it strengthens U.S. relationships within the international community. The FCT Program evaluates defense items of allied and other friendly nations to determine whether these items can satisfy DoD requirements or correct mission area shortcomings. Foreign alternatives stimulate competition for more effective U.S. products, and this competition strengthens the U.S. economy and industrial base. The FCT process is straightforward. Each year the Departments of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force nominate projects to the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD for FCT consideration. The OSD staff screens the proposals to ensure that the Services have 1 advocated NDI that addresses valid requirements, 2 completed thorough market surveys, and 3 developed viable Service acquisition strategies.
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