Military Capabilities

USAF acquisition official will not rule out future FAR 12 contracts for excess ICBM rockets

08 November 2017

Key Points

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The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top acquisition official will not rule out the service’s future use of issuing commercial-type contracts to acquire rockets derived from excess intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors.

Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, told Jane’s on 8 November that the service would have to confer with the parties involved such as NASA, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the State and Commerce departments before moving forward with such a contract.

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