Contracting within the Navy laboratories : a critical examination
McWherter, Marvin E.
Lamm, David V.
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Contracting within the Research and Development arena is a unique process aimed at obtaining from industry increases in the technological base necessary for the acquisition of modern weapon systems. As a unique process, the application of traditional controls oftentimes presents real problems to those field level personnel operating in the contracting arena. This thesis examines in depth several major contemporary problems perceived by laboratory personnel as hindrances to their effectiveness. These problems are broadly categorized into four main issues. First, the contract type best suited to R&D is addressed; second, the Contracting Authority levels and granting process are discussed; third, the restricting framework of existing regulations is examined; and fourth, the responsibilities of technical managers in the area of contract management are presented. Conclusions and Recommendations are offered which will pro vide a more efficient framework within which the R&D laboratory personnel can accomplish the specific missions assigned.
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