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Title: Research and Analysis of the American Domestic Government Working Dog Industry
Authors: Jason Passarella, Robert Ocampo
Keywords: Military Working Dogs
Detector Dogs
Spend Analysis
Defense Industrial Base
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2020
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management;NPS-AM-21-008
Abstract: For the past several decades, the federal government has faced a chronic shortage of domestically bred working dogs qualified for use by both the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. As adversaries, both peer and near-peer, become more adept in circumventing detection systems, the need for working dogs has steadily increased to address security vulnerabilities. Unlike current technology, canines possess the ability to continuously adapt and provide a consistent detection capability. The lack of a robust domestic supply of working dogs creates increased supply chain risk and may threaten the ability of departments and agencies that utilize working dogs to maintain readiness if the supply from foreign markets is contested or interrupted for an extended period. This research draws on data from across the federal government and utilizes a mixed methods approach that applies both quantitative and qualitative techniques to obtain insight into the domestic working dog market. This paper provides the most comprehensive research on working dog procurement conducted in the last 15 years and offers a valuable methodology for uncovering and understanding opaque or emerging markets. The application of these concepts can lead to better outcomes for procurement decision makers and greater value for the taxpayer.
Description: Acquisition Management / Graduate Student Research
Appears in Collections:NPS Graduate Student Theses & Reports

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