South Korea’s DAPA launches ‘cost structure’ reforms

18 July 2019

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced plans to reform defence procurement, with an emphasis on encouraging local industry cost effectiveness and investment.

The reforms are the latest in a series of measures intended to align DAPA’s business processes with wider efforts to upgrade the country’s defence industry and modernise the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces.

DAPA said in a statement that the procurement reforms are the result of a review of related processes carried out over several months by DAPA in collaboration with agencies including its subsidiaries – the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) – as well as the Korea Defense Industry Association (KIDA) and private-sector agencies.

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