Deregulating Defense Acquisition

Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 107, No. 4, pp. 727-750, 1993

23 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008

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Fred Thompson

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Abstract

What we really need is a careful program of experimentation to determine how acquisition life-cycle costs vary with alternative acquisition-process designs and whether short lines of communication, clear responsibility, accelerated schedules, and a modicum of congressional neglect will produce the benefits touted by the experts. Not only is this information needed by program managers, it is also needed to help persuade Congress to back away from its direct supervision of the systems acquisition process, something that neither theory nor hearsay can accomplish.

Keywords: acquisition, contracting, systems development, defense, deregulation

JEL Classification: H56, H57

Suggested Citation

Thompson, Fred, Deregulating Defense Acquisition. Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 107, No. 4, pp. 727-750, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1123754

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