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Accession Number ADA568386
Title Effective Acquisition Strategies for Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA).
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 82p
Personal Author J. Rigilano J. S. Gansler W. Lucyshyn
Abstract This report addresses the policy changes that are necessary if the Department of Defense (DoD) is to reconcile its growing need for systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) with the realities of today's defense industry. The DoD relies heavily upon SETA contractors to facilitate the acquisition of complex systems. SETA contractors are civilian experts who provide analysis and engineering services to the government and often work hand in hand with government engineering staff. This arrangement provides numerous benefits to the DoD. For instance, SETA contractors are able to provide the flexibility and quick availability of expertise to DoD programs without the commitment or expense of sustaining a large, long-term government staff. However, as reliance on contractors has increased, so has vertical and horizontal consolidation within the defense industry, which has led to the significant reduction in the number of independent firms capable of providing the DoD with objective SETA services. Beginning in 2009, the Obama administration began an initiative to insource (i.e., convert to civil service positions) some functions that had been provided through SETA contracting with private firms. The objective was to reduce reliance on contractors and, some believed, improve cost efficiency. But thus far, insourcing has not produced the anticipated results. Given the realities of our military's internal capabilities and today's defense industry, how should the DoD acquire objective, quality systems engineering and technical advice. In light of these challenges, we examine possible strategies for acquiring SETA services. These include the following: (1) augmenting the DoD's organic capability, (2) incentivizing the development of independent SETA firms, and (3) transitioning the provision of SETA functions to federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). In this report, we provide the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy.
Keywords Acquisition strategies
Advisory activities
Contracted services
Decision making
Defense industry
Department of defense
Government employees
Military procurement
Systems engineering

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
96 - Business & Economics
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Maryland Univ., College Park. Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1311
Contract Number N/A

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