New approach to munitions development could cut down on long-term, sole-source production awards

By Rachel Cohen / January 3, 2019 at 10:40 AM
The Air Force is changing how it develops and buys certain munitions by using "weapons design agents," an approach that lets the service own technical data and broadly compete production contracts. Instead of asking companies to design their own munitions to meet a set of Air Force requirements, then getting locked into sole-source contracts with the winning provider, the service is now finding engineers to create blueprints for other contractors to build. "We compete for an engineering house to provide...

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