This decade has seen an unprecedented amount of legislation in the area of federal defense procurement; legislation that covers a broad spectrum of issues involving the Department of Defense (DOD) weapons acquisition system. In 1988 alone, Congress passed eight laws embodying fifty-four separate provisions affecting the system. The reforms were in response to what is often described as a failed acquisition system.
Norman R. Augustine & Robert F. Trimble,
Procurement Competition at Work: The Manufacturer's Experience,
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