There are several purchasing and supply management initiatives the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) can take, or, indeed, has already taken, to improve performance and reduce costs. Data on both direct and indirect purchases indicate corporate contracts grouping several individual sole-source contracts may allow the Marine Corps to leverage its purchasing power for more favorable terms and conditions. The Marine Corps also may wish to partner with other Department of Defense (DoD) agencies in efforts to leverage DoD-wide purchases. Moore et al. provide a first review of how USMC purchases with leading suppliers compares with those of other DoD purchasers and discuss who should provide leadership, by supplier and commodity.
Table of Contents
Overview of a Spend Analysis
General Opportunities for Improving Direct Purchasing Practices
Insights on Direct Purchases by Specific Commodities and Suppliers
DLA Spending on Behalf of the Marine Corps
Lessons for the Marine Corps
DD350 and ACF Data and Analysis Issues
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