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Analytics: Build Your Own Navy

Gain a better understanding of the U.S. Navy force structure in minutes with this publicly available tool from CSIS.

Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base

The presence of a technologically superior defense industrial base has been a foundation of U.S. strategy since 1945. While the implementation of the budget cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011 has caused concerns for the industrial base, the resulting debate has been lacking in empirical analysis. The purpose of this research is to measure the impact of the current defense drawdown across all the tiers of the industrial base. The technical approach analyzes prime and subprime DoD contract data to measures the impacts of the drawdown by sector to better understand how prime and subprime contractors have responded to this external market shock. Download Report Here > Rhys McCormick is a research associate with the Defense-Industrial ... Read more

Incentives in Performance-Based Logistics Contracting

Performance-based logistics (PBL) contracts, which have been used by private industry for decades, (particularly in the airline industry as a way to manage complex fleets) have only relatively recently begun to be used in the public sector worldwide. Research on PBL application indicates that PBLs can be successful in lowering costs and improving performance in both government and private contracting. In both cases, PBL contracts depend on the ability of the customer to properly structure and implement contract incentives to promote vendor behavior that reduces costs and improves performance while delivering the customer’s desired outcomes. This report examines how such incentives are used in PBL contracting and looks further towards how incentives can best be utilized in a PBL contracting ... Read more

Overseas Contingency Operations Contracts After Iraq

Contracts relying on crisis funds (including emergency funds) may bypass many safeguards built into normal spending processes. This study examines the literature on how these contracts are fulfilled for both civilian and defense crisis funds, primarily focusing on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), disaster funds, and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds, beginning with contracts awarded in 2012 and using publicly available data. This paper discusses the challenges and contradictions that make identifying OCO-funded contracts difficult and then presents a methodology for classifying them. The paper then analyzes trends in contracting from the post-Iraq withdrawal period. This analysis focuses on three areas where the literature review showed that crisis contracting diverges from conventional contracting: noncompetitive awards, undefinitized contract actions, ... Read more

Continuing Resolution Fears? OCO’s Ugly But It Might Work

The Trump administration proposed to add $30 billion to defense ($25 billion to the base, plus $5 billion for additional war requirements), but uber-deficit hawk Michael Mulvaney, the new director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), required that half the defense increase be paid for by offsets to domestic programs. The result is a standoff: deficit hawks vs. defense hawks vs. most Democrats and the BCA hanging over all.

Defense Acquisition Trends, 2016

This report is the second in an annual series examining trends in what the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is buying, how DoD is buying it, and from whom DoD is buying.

Analytics: DoD Contracting by Area

Gain a better understanding of the Department of Defense acquisition landscape in minutes with this publicly available tool from CSIS that examines contracts by area.

Analytics: DoD Contracting by Customer

Gain a better understanding of the Department of Defense acquisition landscape in minutes with this publicly available tool from CSIS that examines contracts by customer.

Analytics: DoD Contracting by Contract Type

Gain a better understanding of the Department of Defense acquisition landscape in minutes with this publicly available tool from CSIS that examines contracts by contract type.

Analytics: DoD Contracting by Competition Level

Gain a better understanding of the Department of Defense acquisition landscape in minutes with this publicly available tool from CSIS that examines contracts by competition level.