Accession Number:

ADA574786

Title:

DoD Implementation of the Better Buying Power Initiatives

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

118.0

Abstract:

The United States economy is in a phase of fiscal stress however, if the rate of spending continues as it has during the last three presidential terms, the United States will soon experience a state of fiscal crisis. The United States must take measures to affect its rate of spending. Since the 1940s, the Department of Defense DoD has made trade-offs on the goals and priorities of stakeholders within the system -- also known as acquisition reform. This research assesses DoDs performance in implementing the last acquisition reform the Better Buying Power initiatives BBPi. Interviews were conducted at the Space Based Infrared Systems SBIRS program office and the Defense Acquisition University DAU. The interviews focused on the execution of the BBPi within the SBIRS program and the training provided to the acquisition workforce on the BBPi by the DAU. The research found that training had been provided to the acquisition workforce by DAU, but DoD employees at the tactical level were not taking advantage of the initiatives because many viewed them as a marching order versus a suggestive starting point to create successful and innovative acquisition outcomes. The BBPi are an excellent first start to address past missteps however, more guidance to the field is required for its successful implementation.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE