Chapter 1. Introduction

Now more than ever, organizations are increasingly becoming acquirers1 of needed capabilities by obtaining products and services from suppliers and developing less and less of these capabilities in-house. This widely adopted business strategy is designed to improve an organization’s operational efficiencies by leveraging suppliers’ capabilities to deliver quality solutions rapidly, at lower cost, and with the most appropriate technology.

Authors’ Note

A May 2010 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that only 21 percent of programs in the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2008 major defense acquisition portfolio appeared to be stable and on track with original cost and schedule goals [GAO: Defense Acquisition, ...

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