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A BENCHMARK STUDY OF RAPIDX, AN AIR FORCE CONTRACTING INNOVATION ORGANIZATION

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Authors
Renick, Joshua C.
Espinoza, Jon A.
Subjects
RAPIDx
benchmark study
Air Force
innovation
acquisition
contracting
gap analysis
GAO
AFWERX
SBIR Program
CONOP
Advisors
Finkenstadt, Daniel J.
Date of Issue
2022-12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative study is to first conduct a benchmark analysis of RAPIDx, a new, agile, and innovative organization using the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Framework for Assessing the Acquisition Function at Federal Agencies for the Department of the Air Force (DAF). Second, this study provides a record of lessons learned from the implementation of the RAPIDx office from July 2018 to September 2022. Our research methodology includes a gap analysis to compare RAPIDx against two of the four cornerstones outlined within the GAO Framework. Our analysis also offers insight and visibility into RAPIDx’s effectiveness, and it informs our recommendations for evaluating new, agile, and innovative organizations. In particular, we find that RAPIDx had more areas of concern than best practices when compared against the GAO Framework. We captured 16 best practices and identified 20 areas of concern. Finally, to aid RAPIDx, we provide six recommended courses of action to address RAPIDx’s most significant area of concern, adapt the GAO Framework for innovative organizations, and improve the organization's effectiveness going forward.
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MBA Professional Project
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Department of Defense Management (DDM)
Department of Defense Management (DDM)
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Approved for public release. Distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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