Comparison of the Pershing II Program with the Acquisition Plan Recommended by the Commission on Government Procurement

PSAD-77-51: 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. The Department of Defense suggested that the Pershing II program came close to the recommended procedures.

The Pershing II program is not similar to the Commission's plan and is characteristic of the acquisition process the Commission was trying to reform. Army efforts to find a solution to the need the Pershing II is addressing have always been directed toward a surface-to-surface missile. Also, the Army's efforts to define and explore the Pershing II concept began without the Secretary of Defense involvement that the Commission envisioned. Under the Commission's plan, different technological approaches would have been solicited from industry, and industry would have explored selected alternatives before a specific system was selected.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    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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