Date of Award
Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Department of Operational Sciences
Timothy W. Breitbach, PhD.
The Air Force medical logistics community relies on multiple contracting offices to acquire medical equipment for the Air Force Medical Service. The perception is that burdensome regulations contribute to the challenges faced in the procurement process. This research takes a broader examination to understand the factors leading to long lead times and delayed procurements. Process mapping and interviews with the key stakeholders supporting medical equipment procurement determined that the critical issues were a lack of centralized medical equipment contracting authority, insufficient market research and inconsistent local knowledge on contracting processes. This research provides future recommendations for the Air Force Medical Service to improve the procurement process and reduce the contract backlog.
DTIC Accession Number
Pang, Samuel H., "Critical Issues in the Air Force Medical Equipment Procurement Process" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 1857.