DoD Should Maintain Both Organic and Contract Sources for Depot-Level Logistics Services

by Frank Camm

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Discusses points that the Department of Defense (DoD) should consider in deciding where to obtain the logistics services needed to support the force: DoD could significantly improve the performance of contractors by using new criteria to choose and reward them. Effective, continuing competition among potential sources should simplify efforts to contract for logistics services. Federal policy governing source selection and contract content and management should be changed to allow greater reliance on contractors. Even with such changes, a fundamental review of DoD's contract-organic split is likely to find support for continuing a significant organic logistics capability.

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