Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends Its Contracting Dollars
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Department of Defense DOD has long relied on contractors to provide the U.S. military with a wide range of goods and services, including weapons, food, uniforms, and operational support. Without contractor support, the United States would currently be unable to arm and field an effective fighting force. Understanding costs and trends associated with contractor support could provide Congress more information upon which to make budget decisions and weigh the relative costs and benefits of different military operations including contingency operations and maintaining bases around the world. This report examines 1 how much money DOD obligates on contracts, 2 what DOD is buying, and 3 where that money is being spent. This report also examines the extent to which these data are sufficiently reliable to use as a factor when developing policy or analyzing government operations.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies