Acquisition and Competition Strategy Options for the DD(X): The U.S. Navy’s 21st Century Destroyer

Acquisition and Competition Strategy Options for the DD(X): The U.S. Navy’s 21st Century Destroyer

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RAND was assigned to assess alternative acquisition strategies for the Navy’s new family of destroyers. The authors drew on the history of competition in acquisition programs to examine a rich array of options. They concluded that for the program that existed in 2003 competition among primes would be impractical, that splitting the work should sustain the industrial base, and that a mixed strategy using different contract forms would work best.