Accession Number : ADA194664

Title :   Improving DoD Relations with Industry.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : Cruit, Charles W ; Tayloe, Harry M ; Young, Robert S

PDF Url : ADA194664

Report Date : Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Dod's relations with industry have seldom, if ever, been worse. A wide range of issues divide the parties. Defense industry officials believe that costs and risks are being shifted unjustly from DoD to industry and complain that the defense business is being 'criminalized'. Many in Government, on the other hand, share a sense that industry has been skirting the acquisition regulations, engaging in a game of 'catch me if you can'. Acquisition managers on both sides believe that unprecendented and unwarranted forays into DoD procurement and program management by DoD's increasingly powerful auditors and inspectors have exacerbated the strains in the relationship. Tensions between DoD and its contractors are inherent in the political and regulatory environment in which they operate. The political environment is characterized by record-level defense and an attendant spotlight on real and perceived procurement problems. The regulatory environment is distinguished by the unique dual role of DoD, acting as both customer and regulator. Given this environment, strains are to be expected. If they are to be controlled, communication and understanding must be promoted. Yet, DoD has no established mechanism for maintaining a structured dialogue with the defense industry on the important issues of the day.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *INDUSTRIES, *GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, ACQUISITION, AUDITING, COMMERCE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ENVIRONMENTS, MANAGEMENT, MULTIPURPOSE, PERSONNEL, POLITICAL SCIENCE, PROCUREMENT, RANGE(EXTREMES), REGULATIONS, SUPERVISORS, FEDERAL BUDGETS

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE