Business Processes

Military commanders and contracting agencies work together to synchronize operational and contract strategies. Through the discipline of business processes, military commanders are aware of all activity—including contractor activities—within their area of responsibility and can ensure the integration of contracting into intelligence, plans, and operations. The established business processes for contracting will vary by military operation, but may cover requirements for delivery, insurance coverage, and reporting contractor personnel (e.g., number in theater, kidnappings, injury, and death). Contracting officers communicate these requirements through contract clauses governing the supplies or personnel that enter into a theater of operations.

There are established contracting business processes for supporting the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which can help inform the commanders and contracting agencies as they establish business protocols for other military operations:

The overseas operation may entail activities (e.g., training, exercises) with allies to build relationships, develop capabilities for self-defense and coalition operations, and provide peacetime and contingency access for U.S. forces—collectively called theater security cooperation efforts. A range of stakeholders are involved with executing these activities, including contractors, foreign government officials, and the U.S. Government in country—particularly the Department of State (DoS). To make the procurement process as efficient as possible, DoS and DoD have developed the following policies:

This page last updated: April 11, 2014
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