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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Bradley J. Ayres, PhD


In 1996, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard initiated the largest ever service acquisition program to re-capitalize Coast Guard assets. Called the Integrated Deepwater System or IDS, this acquisition effort seeks to renovate, modernize, and or replace the Coast Guard s entire portfolio of ships, aircraft, and support facilities. The IDS contractor will be responsible for designing and constructing the system, as well as, sharing responsibility for supporting and disposing of it. This poses a significant threat to the USCG Aircraft Repair and Supply Center (AR&SC), the Coast Guard s aircraft depot located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The study begins with the development of a Casual model of public entity competitiveness. The resulting model is based on three generic key factors: Politics, Cost, and Organic; it also identifies multiple generic sub factors. The model is verified using the Delphi Technique to obtain consensus among experts in the field of public private competition and source selections. After data collection, the results are integrated into an evaluation tool called the Public Private Competition Assessment Tool (PCAT). Although generic, the PCAT is customized to provide AR&SC management with a strategic baseline for competitive preparations

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