Accession Number:

ADA608686

Title:

Effects Through Acquisition: Leveraging the Power of Contingency Contracting

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Contingency contracting is a potent force available to commanders in Afghanistan. Acquisition efforts support the counterinsurgency COIN mission, using business and economic operations as a stabilization tool to bolster local development. Conversely, wasted or misused dollars can hinder long-term stabilization, fund the enemy, and fuel corruption. In fiscal year FY 2009, NATO and U.S. Forces Afghanistan USFOR-A contracted for services and goods totaling approximately 14 billion roughly equal to Afghanistan s GDP for the same year. This year, estimates are that combined contracting activities may exceed Afghanistan s GDP. Given the scale of International Security Assistance Force ISAF contracting, the opportunities--and risks--are significant. Despite the stakes, there is still much to do to strategically leverage our economic power via contracting Integrated processes drive every kinetic operation in a counterinsurgency environment, and equivalent effort is needed on the acquisition side. Unified standards and a streamlined approach to contingency contracting are needed today, more than 70 disparate offices are involved in the process. We must have unity of effort, and we must find a means to translate strategy into joint execution. After nearly 10 years of operations in Afghanistan, we have not achieved this model how can we do so

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE