Navy Acquisition Streamlining Topic At Hampton Roads SNAME

At a recent meeting of the Hampton Roads Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers held in Norfolk a paper entitled "Navy Acquisition Streamlining" was presented by Gerard C.

Hoffmann. The author was recently appointed to be the Navy's Specification Control Advocate General.

The objective of this new officer is to eliminate the non-cost-effective contract requirements.

Mr. Hoffmann presented the following ideas for acquisition streamlining as a method of cost reduction: • Run each acquisition as a business, cost-effective requirements balanced by justifiable risk; • Tailor requirements for each major procurement; that includes specifications, standards, data requirements, and contract terms and conditions; • Act in a timely fashion; keep alternatives open as long as possible; premature decision-making shuts the door on cost-saving options; • Insure early industry involvement in the requirements development process, including early design phases.

The author presented the details of each of the proposals, and concluded by stating, "The one Navy acquisition streamlining area that needs the most effort is risk taking.

The very idea goes against the grain with most Navy acquisition managers, financial managers, and particularly engineers. Yet if we do not start assuming some risks, we will be out of business very rapidly."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 22,  May 1986

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