Acquisition of foreign NDI weapon systems for United States Special Operations Forces
Ramsey, Andrew R.
Owen, Walter E.
Doyle, Richard B.
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The purpose of this thesis is to explore and analyze the process required to procure foreign non-developmental item (NDI) weapon systems for Special Operations Forces (SOF). The primary intent is to provide the program manager and other acquisition professionals with information needed to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and validity of acquiring foreign NDI weapon systems. A case analysis, focusing on the acquisition of the Maritime Air Delivery System (MADS) for USSOCOM, is utilized to develop recommendations regarding the procurement of foreign NDI weapon systems for Special Operations Forces. Key issues regarding the MADS procurement are analyzed within the context of the impediments, challenges and advantages discussed in the thesis. It was determined that the MADS acquisition strategy, although not perfect, was sufficient to obtain and test a viable weapon system while mitigating the risks associated with cost, schedule and performance. Problems encountered during the process have been identified and organizational and administrative changes have been made to correct these deficiencies
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