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Title: Port Visit Support Strategies: A Comparative Case Study
Authors: Zef Cortesrodriguez, Markanthony Booc
Bill Lynch
Keywords: Student Poster
Issue Date: 5-Jun-2023
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management;SYM-AM-23-180
Abstract: The U.S. Navy utilizes various port visit support frameworks around the world. This research evaluated the various frameworks and developed a model that can be used to inform planners and policymakers in determining which framework or combination thereof is best for a given port. It examines previous research on the topic of Husbanding Service Providers (HSP) and explores notable concerns about over reliance on them, such as excessive mark-ups on services, allegations of fraud in certain ports, operational security implications of sharing ship’s schedule to non-Department of Defense personnel, and the limits of contractor furnished support during a major theatre conflict. Through discussions with subject matter experts, extensive personnel experience, and a review of available databases, this research provides valuable analysis between HSP support and non-HSP support. A comparative case study was conducted to highlight the differences and benefits of the two primary support structures that are used at two foreign fleet concentration areas based on five crucial metrics: Auditability, Flexibility, Reliability, Vulnerability, and Durability. This research identifies which type of support is more compatible with the desired end state for the port and the ships operating from them. The goal of this study was to ensure the Navy gets the best value out of its port support.
Description: SYM Student Poster
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