Using a Modular Open Systems Approach in Defense Acquisitions: Implications for the Contracting Process

Report Number: NPS-CM-06-069

Series: Contract Management

Category: Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Rene G. Rendon

Title: Using a Modular Open Systems Approach in Defense Acquisitions: Implications for the Contracting Process

Published: 2006-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2006/NPS-CM-06-069.pdf

Keywords: Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), Common Enterprise Display System (CEDS) Program, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)/Undersea Warfare (USW) Test Information Management System Program, Multi-mission Mar

Abstract:

This research explores the use of the modular open systems approach (MOSA) as a method for implementing an evolutionary acquisition strategy as well as the implications of using such an approach on the contracting process. A background on evolutionary acquisition is provided highlighting the benefit of rapid development and production of weapon systems incrementally, with each increment providing an increasing level of capability. The modular open systems approach (MOSA) is identified as an enabler for the evolutionary acquisition strategy, and a brief discussion on open systems is provided.
The contractual implications of using a modular open systems approach is then discussed, focusing on each of the six phases of the procurement process. Examples of MOSA-specific contracting activities and documents are taken from recent US Navy weapons systems acquisition programs such as the Navy