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The Future of DOD’s Initiatives to Improve Identification of Operational Contract Support Requirements Is Uncertain Because of Guidance and Funding Challenges

DOD Has Launched Two Initiatives to Address Contract Support Requirements in Its Operation Plans

requirements in nonlogistics annexes could hinder the ability of combatant commanders to understand the extent to which their plans rely on contractors.

In response to congressional direction, DOD has launched two initiatives to improve its capability to ensure that operational contract support requirements are addressed in its operation plans, but these initiatives are still being refined and funding and guidance challenges remain. In 2006, Congress mandated that DOD, among other things, develop joint policies to provide for an organizational approach to operational contract support requirements definition and coordination during combat operations, postconflict operations, and contingency operations.23 Congress defined requirements definition as the process of translating policy objectives and mission needs into specific requirements, the description of which will be the basis for awarding acquisition contracts for projects to be accomplished, work to be performed, or products to be delivered.

As we reported in 2008, DOD’s organizational approach to requirements definition and coordination is a two-step approach to identify contract

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Pub. L. No. 109-364, § 854.

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