Military off-the-shelf – A discussion on combat ship acquisition

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Authors
  1. Rudd, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
The objective of this paper is to examine the theoretical and practical dimensions of military off-the-shelf (MOTS) as an element of the procurement strategy for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) next generation of surface combatants. The research was undertaken to inform the discussion of whether a MOTS solution is the most advantageous route to naval re-capitalization. The concept of MOTS is defined, followed by a non-exhaustive list of advantages and disadvantages of this approach to acquiring complex naval vessels. A series of illustrative examples from allied and partner countries is provided. The research found that despite the many advantages offered by the MOTS approach, it is not clear that these are so decisive as to preclude other procurement options. Indeed, gaining an understanding of MOTS is not a straightforward matter, and senior decision-makers should be aware of the many internal and external factors that will affect their choice of procurement option.

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Keywords
defence procurement;navy;off-the-shelf
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-R40 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2014
Number of Pages
30
DSTKIM No
CA039383
CANDIS No
800387
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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