Comparison of the Shipboard Intermediate Range Combat System with the Acquisition Plan Recommended by the Commission on Government Procurement

PSAD-77-49: Published: Jan 24, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1977.

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The Commission on Government Procurement recommended a new plan for acquiring major weapons systems and other major systems which has become the basis for a revised policy in procurement for all executive agencies. One program which the Department of Defense suggested came close to the recommended procedures is the Shipboard Intermediate Range Combat System, which has an estimated development cost of about $500 million.

To date, work on the System represents an important advancement in implementing the Commission's recommendations. Generally, this work is consistent with the Commission's intent, except that: cost goals have not been established as the Commission envisioned; restrictions have precluded or limited the participation of "smaller" companies; and only three alternative system concepts are being defined, because of limitations on funding and personnel. The Navy's planned approach, however, does not provide the extent of competition the Commission desired.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: Executive agencies have to understand that, under the new acquisition process, mission area deficiencies must be determined and stated independently of any specific system solution. Effort allowed under the technology base requires redefinition so that solutions to mission needs result from competition between alternative solutions. Industry must be given greater flexibility to propose a wide range of alternative solutions to mission area deficiencies in responding to Government requests.

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