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

Report Number: NPS-AM-06-010

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Rene G. Rendon

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

Published: 2006-01-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2006/NPS-AM-06-010.pdf

Keywords: Evolutionary Acquisition, Contract Management, Open Systems, Procurement, Systems Engineering

Abstract:

This research paper explores the use of the modular open systems approach (MOSA) as a method for implementing an evolutionary acquisition strategy and investigates the implications of using the MOSA on the contracting process. First, a background on evolutionary acquisition is presented from a perspective of current DoD acquisition regulations. Next, basic concepts of open systems are discussed, along with applications of the open systems approach to defense systems development and acquisition. The implications of using a modular open systems approach on the contracting process is then presented, with a focused discussion on the various contracting activities and documents related to each phase of the contracting process. The report uses the generally accepted phases of the contracting process