The 12-Phase Acquisition Process: a comparison of theory vs. practice
Nissen, Mark E.
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The 12-Phase Acquisition Process was developed by the faculty of the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and is a cornerstone concept for every contracting class at NPS. The 12-Phases provide a distinct roadmap for the equipment user and a Contracting Officer to navigate the cycle to procure an equipment item. For this thesis, each phase in the 12-Phases is supplied with the pertinent elements (e.g., actions, analyses, events) primarily from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 12 (Acquisition of Commercial Items) and the FAR Part 13 (Simplified Acquisition Procedures). Additionally, the thesis outlines and analyzes the acquisition process of 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (A) using the 12-Phases. Results of the analysis reveal eight problems and shortcomings in the battalion's process. These problems hinder the battalion from achieving its goals of a best-price or best-value, minimum delay, detachment satisfying acquisition. Recommendations are made for the battalion to incorporate elements of the 12- Phases into its acquisition process to better achieve its goals.
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