Accession Number : ADP002758

Title :   An Analysis of the Acquisition Strategy Decision Process along Three Dimensions of the Acquisition Improvement Program,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER DOVER NJ

Personal Author(s) : Heinz,H. A.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : This study investigates the acquisition strategy decision process as it relates to the major themes of the Acquisition Improvement Program (AIP). Further, it examines a wide spectrum of acquisition, program, contracting, and industry considerations. The study isolated variables critical to the AS decision process, defined their causal relationships, and produced a causal model. Findings support the notion that a program's effect on the industrial base, readiness/sustainability, and cost can be pre-determined from a specific number of program factors. Further, their effects can be enhanced or otherwise altered by a few, key AS approaches/factors. The findings also suggest that programs with limited competition at the subsystem level fare better than those predicted on the extremes of either open competition with component breakout or restricted to a sole source of the systems level; that a moderate, middle-of-the-road AS approach is more effective for most programs.

Descriptors :   *Government procurement, *Contract administration, *Management planning and control, *Decision making, Acquisition, Strategy, Industries, Management, Planning, Variables, Data acquisition, Correlation techniques, Analysis of variance, Operational readiness, Cost effectiveness, Research management, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE