An analysis of contractor logistical support for nondevelopmental items.
Cain, Wayne C.
Doyle, Richard B.
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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze non traditional logistical support approaches for Nondevelopmental Items (NDI) . NDI acquisition capitalizes on the use of commercial "state-of-the-art" technologies while providing DOD with effective and economical solutions to near term operational requirements. This thesis primarily focuses upon contractor logistical support strategies which are unique to NDI acquisition programs. Four current NDI programs were researched for logistical implications. These included: 1) the AN/ARN-148 Omega Navigational System, 2) the Secure Telephone Unit III, 3) the AN/PSS-12 Mine Detector, and 4) the AN/PSN-11 PLGR GPS Receiver. The NDI logistical support strategies identified and analyzed were: 1) No support required (discard system upon failure) , 2) total contractor support, 3) organic support, and 4) a combination of organic and contractor support. The advantages and disadvantages of these support methods were analyzed. Potential logistical support strategies are identified that may enable U.S. Army program managers to maximize the benefits of using individualized and tailored support strategies for NDI acquisition. This thesis concludes by summarizing the potential support problems for future NDI programs.
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