Procurement support at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California
Chalupsky, Raymond J.
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Research and Development is a unique process which seeks to develop the necessary technological base in order to provide the Navy with high quality weaponry in a timely manner at reasonable cost. An integral part of this process is the system of Navy Laboratories which pursue knowledge in a three-dimensional matrix of technologies, platforms and warfare areas. The method which supports this effort in obtaining the assistance of commercial entities may be impeding the efficiency of Navy Laboratories by requiring centralized procurement support for low-dollar requirements while procurement personnel in the laboratories are underutilized. This thesis examines the procurement support system for the Naval Weapons Center China Lake, California, which is the largest Navy Laboratory. The principal focus is on the procurement lead times and the degree of skill utilization as perceived by the personnel at NWC. A new approach to granting purchase authority is proposed which would recognize the uniqueness of the Research and Development process and the need to enrich procurement jobs through judicious delegation of purchase authority and responsibility.
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