DoD Open Systems Architecture Contract Guidebook for Program Managers: A Tool for Effective Competition
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The Department of Defense DoD has reached a critical juncture, when, despite shrinking defense budgets, the demand for superior warfighting capability has never been greater. New methods must be used to get more affordable acquisition results while developing systems that can change quickly to meet new warfighter capability demands. This is the driving message behind Better Buying Power BBP 2.0 and the reason Open Systems Architecture OSA is featured so prominently in the pillar for Promoting Effective Competition. Using best practices from across the Services is a powerful and effective way for the DoD to restore affordability and productivity by better utilizing its buying power. An inextricable part of making the government a better monopsonistic buyer in a market in which it is the only buyer of certain products and services is Version 1.1 of the Guidebook was released in June, with both an interactive website httpsacc.dau.milosaguidebook and print versions. Members from across the Services collaborated to create this document, with the DoD Open Systems Architecture Data Rights Team leading the coordination efforts. This Guidebook is authorized for release by the USDATL-chartered team led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research Development, Test and Evaluation DASN RDTE and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering DASD SE, in collaboration with Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy DPAP. The Guidebook is designed to be used by all PMs to incorporate OSA principles into the acquisition of any systems or service.
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