A lease versus buy decision methodology for the Army: a proposal.
Clifton, Herbert Charles
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The Army currently does not have a prescribed uniform methodology to determine the lease versus buy financing of items procured from private industry. Also, when lease versus buy decisions have to be made, the decision is often a separate one after the system has been chosen by a cost-benefit analysis. Discount rate, salvage value, tax rates, depreciation, and risk are all elements that directly affect the lease versus buy determination in both industry and government transactions. However, total agreement as to the application of these elements to the final decision is lacking within the Army. Based on the literature available, a lease versus buy methodology is determined. Also, it is shown how this method should be part of a one step cost-benefit analysis instead of a two step method to be used by the Army when leasing is a viable financing alternative.
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