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This thesis is an exploratory study of the management of cooperative acquisition programs. The investigation focuses on defining the nature of a cooperative acquisition strategy, identifying potential problems associated with this approach, and evaluating the effectiveness of the current guidance and support structure for such programs. The desired outcome of this strategy is a common solution. The operational definition of cooperative acquisition builds on the Department of Defense definition of Joint Service Acquisition. A pilot study and literature review are used to develop a structured interview for three case studies. Analysis of these cases indicates that difficulty in resolving core requirements, and funding instability are the two major sources of problems on cooperative acquisition programs. Also, the guidance and support for cooperative acquisition programs has been slow to develop.

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Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisitions Management.