Acquisition and Competition Strategy Options for the DD(X)
The U.S. Navy’s 21st Century Destroyer
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As the Navy’s program to build a new family of surface ships enters Phase IV, RAND was assigned to evaluate different acquisition and contracting strategies to achieve the objectives of making the best use of competition, maintaining a strong industrial base, and achieving program cost, schedule, and performance objectives. The authors employed a variety of techniques drawing on the substantial history of competition in various acquisition programs to examine options for the DD(X) program as it existed in 2003. They concluded that competition among prime contractors during detail design and initial production of the system would not be practical, that the 2003 plans for distributing the work should sustain the existing industrial base, and that a mixed strategy employing different contract forms for detail design and serial production would be most appropriate. It should be noted that the program underwent significant changes in 2005, which were not considered in RAND’s study and which might call for different conclusions.
Table of Contents
Applications of Competition in Phase IV
Effects of the DD(X) Production Program on the Shipbuilding Industry
DD(X) Phase IV Contracting Issues and Options
Epilogue: July 2005
DDG 51-Class Case Study
Competition Effects in Recent Shipbuilding Programs
Questionnaire for Shipbuilders
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