The A-7 attack aircraft: contract history emphasizing the Navy business clearance process.

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Authors
Gates, Christopher Gleason.
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DeMayo, P.
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1973-09
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September 1973
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en_US
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Beginning with intense competition for the first A-7 , the Navy by necessity entered sole source negotiations for later procurements of the A-7. The operational need of these A-7's drove the Navy to letter contracts while increasing sophistication of the avionics and changing military requirements complicated the definitization of these contracts. To better understand these problems and the Navy business clearance process, a history of the Navy Procurement Control and Clearance Division is presented in Section II. Sections I and III present A-7 contracts in case study format for the A-7A, A-7B, A-7D, and A-7E. Section IV is a case study of the A-7F VAST contract. The procurement of a military aircraft is a complex process. The Project Manager and the contracting officer must constantly strive to make the technology advances and requirement change's compatible with sound business practices. The study of the A-7 contracts illustrates many of the inevitable conflicts that arise in this process.
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Operations Research and Administrative Sciences
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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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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