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Title: Fire Scout: Acquisition in Adversity: A Case Study
Authors: Amir Eremadi
John Kamp
Keywords: Navy
Northrop Grumman
Acquisition in Adversity
Issue Date: 20-May-2021
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management Presentation;SYM-AM-21-139
Acquisition Management Video;SYM-AM-21-216
Abstract: The Department of Defense is experimenting with how to deliver new capabilities in 2 to 5 years. Program offices recognize that they are dependent upon their contractors for successful delivery. The MQ-8 Fire Scout started in 1999 and achieved initial operational capability of the MQ-8C in 2019, after 20 years and effectively three program restarts. After each restart, the contractor developed, manufactured, and delivered a functional product deployed by the Navy within 5 years of contract award. Conventional wisdom says that senior leadership support and customer urgency are critical to fast delivery. This study shows how a program office and prime contractor were able to deliver a new capability despite changes in procurement objectives, evolving technologies, and requirements.
Description: Acquisition Management / Defense Acquisition Community Contributor
Appears in Collections:Annual Acquisition Research Symposium Proceedings & Presentations

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