Nondevelopmental item acquisition initiatives: a comparative study of implementation within Department of Defense services
Durkin, Paul K.
Warmington, Jeffery A.
Lamm, David V.
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Nondevelopmental item acquisition represents a viable approach to meet the procurement needs of the Defense Department. The reduced acquisition cycle time and resultant cost savings of this acquisition methodology/strategy presents significant potential benefits to the DoD. The objective of this research was to identify alternative solutions to counter the current impediments to the NDI acquisition initiatives defined in 10 USC SS 2325. This research provides an overview of the NDI concept and the problems associated with procuring NDIs. This study analyzed the major issue of increasing the effectiveness of NDI acquisitions. Major conclusions are: NDI acquisitions represent a viable means of acquiring goods and services, many impediments (both statutory and regulatory) continue to exist despite significant study efforts, and lessons learned exist that may be exploited to facilitate more effective use of NDI acquisitions. Major recommendations are: increased awareness, training and education is required to shift the acquisition process paradigm; a more proactive measurement process should be implemented to increase the efficiency of the process; and legislative changes should incorporate more commercial standards and practices in order to more fully exploit the benefits associated with NDI acquisitions.
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