DOD Acquisition:

Case Study of the Air Force Advanced Air-To-Surface Missile Program

NSIAD-86-45S-11: Published: Jul 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1986.

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GAO provided a supplement to its report on the defense acquisition work force. GAO examined the role of the program manager and contracting officer in developing the Advanced Air-to-Surface Missile program's acquisition strategy.

GAO found that the program manager and the contracting officer: (1) participated in varying degrees in the key processes that built competition into the program; and (2) jointly developed and reviewed the source selection plan to ensure that it did not unduly restrict competition. Although the Air Force had planned to carry two contractors through the critical design review step of the full-scale development phase, based on the program's low-risk nature and funding constraints, it omitted the validation phase and will have only one contractor for the entire full-scale development phase.

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