Analyzing Contingency Contracting Purchases for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Unrestricted Version)
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Contingency contracting officers CCOs serve a vital role in contingency operations They are given the authority to enter into, administer, and terminate contracts on behalf of the government in support of contingency operations. They also act as business advisors to the deployed on-scene commander. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Air Force has been involved in two significant contingency operations in the U.S. Central Command CENTCOM area of responsibility AOR Operation Enduring Freedom OEF in Afghanistan and OIF in Iraq. After early experiences in both OEF and OIF, SAFAQC asked RAND Project AIR FORCE to gather and analyze data on goods and services purchased to support Air Force missions in OIF in an effort to determine 1 the size and extent of contractor support and 2 how plans for and the organization and execution of contingency contracting activities might be improved so that CCOs can better support the warfighter in future operations. The motivation for undertaking this study was twofold. First, the contracting community did not have a comprehensive, detailed database of contingency purchases that would allow analyses of the types and amounts of goods and services purchased to support Air Force mission activities. Second, it was thought that insights from analyses of recent contingency contracting experiences would help inform decisions about a number of important policy issues related to planning, training, and CCO assignments. Such data could also be used to seek improvements in purchasing practices across the theater.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies