Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
Deployed program management of local acquisitions in Afghanistan presents challenges both similar and dissimilar to those experienced in the United States. One major challenge is requirements generation with Afghanistan National Security Forces ANSF and those of the Coalition advisors. This article is the first of two parts that highlights challenges and provides lessons for deployed program managers to use when conducting acquisition programs beyond simple commercial-off-the-shelf commodity procurements with host-nation vendors in a combat environment. A separate article will discuss the challenges of procuring defense items from the Afghanistan vendor base.