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Commentary | 'Should Cost': An Alternative to Formal Proposals?

James Gill's 'Modest Proposal':

There has been a renewed emphasis on the use of “should cost” reviews by the Department of Defense in the last year. There is now a requirement to perform “should cost” reviews on all major defense acquisition programs that are coming to defense leadership for a milestone review. These “should cost” reviews are very time consuming, resource constraining and costly, to government program offices as well as to the contractors who are providing support to the review teams.

What if these “should cost” reviews could serve as an alternative to the need for a formal proposal that is currently required in order to provide contracting officers with the assurance that the government is paying a “fair and reasonable” price for the goods and services being acquired? Since these “should cost” review teams are led by senior leadership within the government and supported by senior management within the contractor, why wouldn’t the resultant “should cost” recommendation be a reasonable basis for a contract award? At the very least, both parties should walk away from the “should cost” review with an understanding of what each party believes the effort “should cost.”

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Aug. 11

PROFILE: Scott Whatmough, vice president, integrated communications systems, Raytheon
Coverage of the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah. 
Coverage of AIAA Space conference in San Diego

Aug. 18
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Aug. 25
PROFILE: Carey Smith, president, Honeywell Technology solutions

SPOTLIGHT: Busek Co., a Massachusetts propulsion provider
SPECIAL REPORT ON MISSILE DEFENSE: Coverage at the Space and Missile Defense conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Updates possible on Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Standard Missile -3 and Aegis Ashore programs.
DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite scheduled to launch Aug. 13 aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket 
Two Galileo navigation satellites slated to launch Aug. 22 on a Soyuz provided by Arianespace.


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