Overview

Using our wide-ranging expertise in systems engineering, enterprise architecture, financial analysis, and other disciplines, MITRE helps our sponsors procure and develop systems that are effective, affordable, and delivered on schedule.

MITRE's Public-Interest Approach to Acquisition

Our sponsors trust MITRE to advise them because we understand more than just the systems they're acquiring. As the operator of multiple FFRDCs, we understand what outcomes our sponsors need and what constraints they face.

Our FFRDC role also grants us access to proprietary and sensitive information crucial to requirements development, vendor selection, and the contracting process. This access allows us to convey to our sponsors a full picture of the issues that might affect their final decisions, including critical technical, financial, and schedule details.

MITRE provides unbiased advice free from commercial conflicts of interest. So whether our sponsors are purchasing information technology, weapons systems, or service contracts, we can help them make the best decisions for their mission.

To support our sponsors in the development and execution of their acquisition strategies, MITRE offers advice on and insight into:

  • System integration
  • Risk assessment
  • Strategic contracts
  • Cost estimates
  • Investment planning
  • Portfolio management
  • Testing and certification

To further support the acquisition community, we also promote acquisition reforms, champion acquisition initiatives, and develop tools and guides. Our acquisition specialists serve as leaders of professional organizations, publish broadly in major acquisition journals, and routinely present at national and international conferences and forums. Additionally, MITRE's Systems Engineering Guide provides many resources for acquisition professionals, including in-depth advice on acquisition practices for government programs.

A Closer Look at Acquisition Effectiveness

  • Acquisition Management
    Acquisition Management

    Effectively managing complex acquisition programs is a daunting challenge.

    MITRE provides our customers with the systems engineering know-how to weigh potential management solutions and tradeoffs.

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  • Cost Analysis
    Cost Analysis

    Cost is a driving consideration in all acquisition decisions.

    MITRE's expertise in cost analysis allows our customers to acquire systems that are both mission-effective and affordable.

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  • Contracting
    Contracting

    Poorly conceived contracts can restrict acquisition effectiveness.

    MITRE helps our customers maintain affordability, efficiency, and effectiveness throughout the contract lifecycle.

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  • Acquisition Initiatives
    Acquisition Initiatives

    We are continuously working to develop and promote improved acquisition practices.

    To help our sponsors improve their acquisition efforts, MITRE is continuously developing and promoting more cost efficient, more agile, and more rigorous acquisition practices.

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