The Government Engineering Role during the Procurement of Military Equipment 670748
This paper defines the Government engineering role during quantity procurement of various types of machinery, in an attempt to point out areas in which suppliers often run into problems when on fixed price contracts. Outlined are contrasting operational objectives of the military as opposed to most industry operational objectives.
When adapting a commercial item to meet specific military needs, specifications are expressed in requirement type terminology. Another factor to be considered by contractors is drawings which provide design data and ignore process data. Possible problem areas are insufficient material allowance for processing, inaccurate transfer of dimensions, substitution of materials, and inaccurate conversion from military standards to supplier practices.
No contractor should commit himself until all questionable engineering requirements of a quantity procurement contract have been clarified to eliminate all misunderstanding.