Contracting for Weapon System Repair

An Examination of Alternative Approaches

by Edward G. Keating

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This research brief describes work documented in Government Contracting Options: A Model and Application (MR-693-AF).

Excerpt: The Air Force spends over $1 billion annually on contracted weapon system maintenance.[1] Further, recent proposals by the Commission on Roles and Missions and others have sought to increase the fraction of Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) weapon system maintenance provided by contractors.[2] In light of the large and potentially growing role of contractors in the weapon system maintenance process, we thought it valuable to examine how the Air Force, specifically, and the DoD, more generally, has and could design contracts for weapon system maintenance.

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