The effects of the Department of Defense's Prime Vendor Program on Navy medical readiness
Capano, Anthony M.
Fields, Paul J.
Scaramozzino, James A.
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Prior to the Prime Vendor Program, the Defense Logistics Agency's depot system had been the Navy Medical Department's primary source of medical supplies. As a result of the PVP, medical supplies are now obtained directly from Prime Vendors. This practice has led to a reduction in the medical inventories held at DLA depots. This thesis examines the effects that these reduced inventory levels have had on the Navy's ability to support contingency operations. The author examines both the DLA depot system and the Prime Vendor system and includes examples of the usage of each during contingency operations. The primary conclusion of this thesis is that the reduced inventories caused by PVP do not have a negative affect on the Navy Medicine's ability to support contingency operations. Specific recommendations include Prime Vendors and Navy planners working together to determine contingency requirements and stock rotation as well as an overhaul of the Authorized Medical Allowance List system.
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