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LPTA Inappropriate for Space Capability Procurement

"Technically acceptable" is a logical standard for procuring items like printers and laptops. However, it could certainly be argued that such a minimal standard may…

Kendall “Prepared to Address Commercial SATCOM” in Final Year in Office

Frank Kendall expects to work his way out the door at the Department of Defense, and decisions concerning the DoD’s use of commercial satellite communications…

Acquisition Woes Delay DoD Technology Upgrades

On Oct. 25, 2008, the Navy commissioned the USS New Hampshire, a Virginia-class submarine, eight months ahead of schedule and $54 million under budget for…

LPTA Threatens U.S. Supremacy in Space

Earlier this month, Government Executive ran an excellent story on government contracting and a method of procurement known as “lowest price/technically acceptable,” or LPTA. The…

Defense Acquisition: Competition Is Not Just About Price

Competition has many benefits: It fosters the growth of new businesses; puts downward pressure on prices; and pushes companies to innovate in order to offer…