A BETTER BUYING POWER ANALYSIS OF THE JAVELIN PROGRAM
Stortstrom, John C.
Naegle, Brad R.
Bonavito, Nino L., U.S. Dept of the Army
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This research report provides a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis of the Javelin anti-tank weapon system program’s adherence to our Better Buying Power (BBP) best practices. This report used the BBP mandates as a standard to judge and analyze the Javelin program. The history and development of both Javelin and the BBP were thoroughly researched, and the efficacy of the BBP mandates was explored by comparison to real-world acquisition. It was found that the Javelin program’s internal strength is its highly successful implementation of performance-based logistics. An internal weakness is its overdependence on large contractors in lieu of increasing opportunities for small businesses. The current environment has provided the opportunity for Foreign Military Sales and the Javelin’s exportability has been able to take great advantage of these sales. The current outside environment, however, threatens the program; the marketplace lacks competitive small businesses, which hampers effective competition. The current environment has seen increasingly effective countermeasures on competitor nations’ armored vehicles. This threatens the Javelin’s overmatch capabilities. Past programs can provide today’s acquisition workforce with applicable lessons learned. Our current BBP initiatives do provide real-world benefits.
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