Accession Number : ADA324013

Title :   Annual Report to Congress: The Foreign Comparative Testing Program, Fiscal Year 1995.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept.

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA324013

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program is vital to supporting the U.S. policy of international armaments cooperation. The FCT Program reduces overall Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition costs by facilitating the procurement of non-developmental items (NDI). At the same time, it strengthens U.S. relationships within the international community. The FCT Program evaluates defense items of allied and other friendly nations to determine whether these items can satisfy DoD requirements or correct mission area shortcomings. Foreign alternatives stimulate competition for more effective U.S. products, and this competition strengthens the U.S. economy and industrial base. The FCT process is straightforward. Each year the Departments of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force nominate projects to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for FCT consideration. The OSD staff screens the proposals to ensure that the Services have (1) advocated NDI that addresses valid requirements, (2) completed thorough market surveys, and (3) developed viable Service acquisition strategies.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TEST AND EVALUATION, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, COMPETITION, MARKETING, COST EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, COMPARISON, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, MILITARY RESEARCH, INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH, CONTRACT PROPOSALS, COOPERATION.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE