The impact of Subsistence Prime Vendor on Navy Afloat Food Service Operations.
Mosher, Christopher S.
Nissen, Mark E.
Smith, David S.
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The Subsistence Prime Vendor (SPV) program represents asignificant deviation from DoD'straditional subsistence inventory management system. The traditional subsistence distribution system involved storing food items in DoD owned depots and warehouses, and relied upon DoD transportation assets to make deliveries to the end users. This system was determined to be overly costly and inefficient as it did not take advantage of best business practices. The SPV system relies upon commercial distributors to deliver food items directly to end users, bypassing the DoD depots and warehouse facilities. The commercial distributors use just-in-time inventory management philosophy and other best business practices to procure and distribute subsistence items much more efficiently and effectively than DoD had done previous to SPV. A concern is the prime vendor program's ability to meet the surge and sustainment of full scale military mobilization. Recommendations to reduce the risk of the Navy's surge requirements, as well as other contractual and administrative remedies are presented in this thesis. Customer, administrator, and contractor feedback are also addressed
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