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Accession Number ADA584059
Title Competitive Prototyping in the Department of Defense: Suggestions for a Better Approach.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 68p
Personal Author S. M. Borowski
Abstract For at least four times since World War II, competitive prototyping has been highly encouraged, if not mandated, as a preferred approach to major systems acquisition in the Department of Defense. Its repeated encouragement is due in part to its description as a best practice by organizations like the Government Accountability Office, RAND, and specially formed task forces like the Packard Commission. In most instances, competitive prototyping is presented as a tool for stoking creative thought, for improving decision-making, and for leading to better acquisition outcomes. In other instances, its value has been questioned. In practice, competitive prototyping has not always delivered on its promises. Part of its mixed results has been attributed to widespread confusion over the meaning of terms and how prototyping should be pursued on a competitive basis. Building off lessons learned, this paper provides an overview of prototyping accompanied by a description of how competitive prototyping has and could be practiced better within the Department of Defense. The terms prototype and prototyping are defined as is an approach to competitive prototyping explained. Law and regulation make brief appearances, but both give way to recorded experience. Throughout, lessons learned, best practices, and other considerations are highlighted to better position the Defense Department to implement the competitive prototyping requirements of the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009.
Keywords Acquisition reform
Competitive prototyping
Department of defense
Military procurement
Wsara(Weapon systems acquisition reform act of 2009)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
70C - Management Information Systems
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Defense Acquisition Univ., Fort Belvoir, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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