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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Jeffrey Ogden, PhD.


Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) is the most preferred product support strategy in the Department of Defense. Using performance-based acquisition methods to the maximum extent practicable when acquiring services is mandated. But although PBL should be used whenever feasible, few documents show how to measure its feasibility. The aim of this research is to fill this gap by answering the following question: What factors determine the appropriateness of the selection of PBL as a strategy for a specific acquisition? This study seeks to determine which factors affect success when selecting PBL as an acquisition method. Each factor is examined in detail and then built into a spreadsheet tool which helps to assess the appropriateness of PBL as an acquisition method. The purpose of the tool is to aid in PBL-related decision making processes and business case analyses. The questions asked by the tool will help the user make a more objective assessment in a relatively short period of time.

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