The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) established innovation as a central line of effort in the national defense strategy of the United States. The decisive military advantage of the United States over its adversaries and peer competitors is steadily eroding. Consequently, under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contracting officers may acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, or services using a competitive procedure called a commercial solutions opening (CSO). Under a CSO, the Department of Defense may competitively select proposals received in response to a general solicitation, similar to a board agency announcement, based on a review of proposals by scientific, technological, or other subject-matter expert peers. Use of a CSO is considered to be a competitive procedure for the purposes of 10 U.S.C. chapter 127 and FAR 6.102. Finally, contracting officer shall treat items, technologies, and services acquired using a CSO as commercial items.
Tobby EvansCapability Lead
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