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Recent Large Service Aquisitions in the Department of Defense: Lessons for the Office of the Secretary of Defense

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In August 2001, the Directorate of Acquisition Resources and Analysis in the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD asked the RAND Corporation to identify policy issues relevant to large service acquisitions that deserved closer attention in OSD. RAND agreed to examine a variety of new large acquisitions of different kinds of services in different parts of the Department of Defense DoD. Based on an initial set of pilot case studies, RAND identified a tentative set of policy issues that deserved OSDs attention. RAND briefed OSD on these issues in December 2001. OSD asked RAND to fill out these case studies with additional information and to expand the number of acquisitions covered in the study to six to test the robustness of the issues identified in the December briefing. In March 2002, OSD also asked RAND to draw on interim findings to help OSD frame new policy on Acquisition of Services, as required by the Fiscal Year 2002 National Defense Authorization Act, Section 801. This report documents the findings that resulted from these efforts. It uses six case studies to identify high-level policy issues for which OSD is likely to become involved in large, innovative service acquisitions as their use expands in DoD. It should interest analysts and practitioners involved in the acquisition of defense services and, more generally, in ongoing acquisition reform efforts in DoD. The work was conducted in the Acquisition and Technology Policy Program of RAND National Defense Research Institute NDRI, a unit of the RAND Corporation. NDRI is a federally funded research and development center FFRDC sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Corm Commands, and the defense agencies NDFJ conducts research on complex national defense policy and strategy problems for which multidisciplinary capability, objectivity, and an explicit national-interest charter are essential.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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