Deregulating Defense Acquisition
Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 107, No. 4, pp. 727-750, 1993
23 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008
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
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