Contracting with NATO industry: U.S. or foreign procurement regulations?
Bell, William Robert
Laurence, E. J.
Cullen, William H.
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The U.S. Department of Defense policy on NATO standardization requires all major defense procurement be reviewed for standardization with NATO and whenever possible codevelopment/coproduction programs be initiated with NATO nations. Presently, U.S. procurement regulations dominate these joint efforts. However, existing international programs have experienced an increasing reluctance on the part of participating NATO nations to accept U.S. procurement regulations. Instead, these nations desire to apply their own procurement regulations to their domestic industries. This study identifies the problems experienced by the acquisition manager and U.S. industry on multinational programs resulting from the use of foreign procurement regulations and examines their implications for the Department of Defense's future acquisition policy. The study concludes that when the United States is the contracting nation, U.S. procurement regulations should be applicable to both domestic and foreign contractors.
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