Defense Acquisitions Analytical Essay by Nicky

Defense Acquisitions
This paper looks at defense acquisitions and discusses the management and oversight of independent contractors in this regard.
# 145073 | 1,046 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that in recent years, the Department of Defense has turned increasingly to independent contractors for the performance of essential services. Though generally touted as a means of improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the use of private contractors has frequently meant exactly the opposite - poor management and cost overruns. The writer maintains that the Department of Defense must put in place clear procedures for determining when to use independent contractors and must show stakeholders why independent contractors must be considered preferred service providers in these cases. The writer concludes that all Department of Defense acquisitions and allocations must be justified.

From the Paper:

"Numerous parties hold a vested interest in the elimination of problems within the Department of Defense acquisitions process. The military itself is a primary stakeholder, as are the independent contractors, the end recipients of services - in particular in Iraq - and the American taxpayer. The cost overruns and mismanagement associated with independent contractors have become particularly acute since the beginning of the Iraq War as varied interest groups compete for different priorities. The Department of Defense has as its primary interest, the proper functioning of the military establishment. To this end, it has eliminated many civilian positions within the military that formerly oversaw the acquisitions process."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). (17 January 2007). DOD Needs to Exert Management and Oversight to Better Control Acquisition of Services (Defense Acquisitions GAO-07-359T). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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