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Competition: An Integral Part of the Acquisition Process
AIR FORCE SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
The concept of competition for defense acquisition is one that requires careful examination and discussion in todays cost conscious environment. The Office of Management and Budget Circular A-109 directs each government agency to ... depend on, whenever economically beneficial, competition between similar or differing system concepts throughout the acquisition process. This direction leads to the current high level attention that competition is receiving today. Competition is being examined as a major factor in cost control for weapon system procurement for the entire acquisition process. The need for complete preplanning and market research to promote effective competition is apparent when past procurement efforts are examined. Preplanning and market research in the early stages of the acquisition process are areas that need active management support.
This article is from 'Proceedings of the Federal Acquisition Research Symposium with Theme: Government, Industry, Academe: Synergism for Acquisition Improvement, held at Williamsburg, Virginia on 7-9 December 1983, ADA137700, p156-160.
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