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Accession Number ADA564404
Title Buy Afghan, By Afghans, For Afghans: The ANSF Boot Acquisition Success Story.
Publication Date Aug 2011
Media Count 5p
Personal Author D. W. Rhyne
Abstract The Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), with financial assistance from NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A)/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), has had responsibility for procuring its own food since 2005. However, the NTM-A/CSTC-A Security Assistance Office, Afghanistan's (SAO-A's) Local Acquisitions Office, has retained the procurement responsibility for many other warfighting and support commodities, including ANSF combat boots. In 2010, the Local Acquisitions Office embarked on a literally ground-breaking task: Improve the quality of the ANSF's boots while establishing a boot industrial base in Afghanistan to manufacture all of those boots to U.S.-grade specifications. The effort to improve ANSF boot quality began in early 2010 in response to reports from fielded units of poor quality boots. Prior to that, NTM-A/CSTC-A procured boots for the ANSF from various sources and methods: one Afghan manufacturer via an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, several Afghan importers via blanket purchase agreements (BPAs), and U.S. suppliers via the foreign military sales (FMS) process. Unfortunately, there were no specifications or quality controls in place for these procurements. The simple requirement was for 'boot brown' or 'boot black' at the lowest price and delivered as quickly as possible. The NTM- A/CSTC-A Local Acquisitions Team decided to not only take steps to improve the quality of the boots, but also have all of the boots made in Afghanistan, which, at the time, appeared to be an unlikely proposition. Conventional wisdom was to simply order the boots from U.S. vendors, but the team, with backing from NTM- A/CSTC-A leadership, decided on a bold, two-pronged parallel approach to get boots made to the new specifications by an Afghan vendor and into the field as quickly as possible while expanding the boot industrial base to more Afghan vendors.
Keywords Afghan manufacturers
Afghan vendors
Afghanistan conflict
Afghanistan national security forces
Boot quality improvement
Combat boot manufacturing
Combat boot production
Concurrent solicitation
Economic development
Full rate production
Indigenous population
Industrial production
Kabul melli boots
Low rate initial production
Melli boot factory
Military forces(Foreign)
Military procurement
Nato forces
Quality control

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 41G - Quality Control & Reliability
74 - Military Sciences
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Defense Acquisition Univ., Fort Belvoir, VA.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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