Paper – Purchasing and Material Management

You have been assigned by your manager to provide the acquisition strategy to acquire 10,000 Widgets for a multi-year requirement within a notional budget of $100M.
The major Line Items are 1) Required Hardware, 2) Required Software, 3) Non-Developmental Annual Support, 4) Non-Recurring Engineering, and 5) Specified Data Deliverables. Your acquisition strategy planning documentation must contain the following:
1. Three (3) distinct acquisition strategies, and the rationale for managing each strategy. Provide an explanation for why these strategies are essential for sourcing and negotiations. Be specific as to your justification for each strategy.
2. Contract type for each line item above, and discuss three (3) specific performance factors affecting your choice of each contract type. Explain how each of the performance factors contributes to meeting the contemplated acquisition objectives.  Be specific as to your justification for each contract type.
In all cases, your rationale and justification must be explicitly tied to the acquisition of widgets, and be as objective as possible. Keep your thoughts organized by placing a space between paragraphs, and use headings to match the requirements. Your exposition should reflect considerable thought and go beyond restating large literature passages.  A minimum of four peer-reviewed sources are required, with attribution in accordance with APA guidelines.
Your total response should be no more than the equivalent of 4, and no less than 3, typed, double-spaced pages of content, not including the title, referenced sources, extraneous tables or lists, exhibits, and abstracts.  Abstracts are not required, but may be included. This paper is worth 30 points and is due on  October 2018.  You are required to observe and pay strict attention to the Academic Integrity Policies and Guidelines in your writing.

The information in the scenario is all that you need for this assignment. However, you are permitted to make clearly stated assumptions to support additional information that you need for your paper. 

 For the mid-term exam, think of a Widget as a system that includes 1) Hardware, 2) Software, 3) Non-Developmental Annual Support, 4) Non-Recurring Engineering, and 5) Specified Data Deliverables. You are procuring five line items for the system. You need to determine an acquisition strategy for each of the line items. 

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