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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 177-00
April 10, 2000

DOD SELECTS FOREIGN DEFENSE EQUIPMENT FOR TESTING

The Department of Defense has selected seven projects to receive fiscal 2000 out-of-cycle funding under the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. The program, authorized by Congress in 1989, is administered by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

The FCT Program responds to a growing awareness of the value of using non-developmental items to accelerate the acquisition process and cut rising development costs. The principal objective of the FCT Program is to support the U.S. warfighter by leveraging non-developmental items of allied and other friendly nations to satisfy U.S. defense requirements more quickly and economically. The FCT process is dependent on a world class foreign item, U.S. user interest in the item, a valid requirement, and good procurement potential. The goal is to reduce the acquisition cycle time and research, development, test and evaluation expenditures while enhancing standardization and interoperability, and improving international cooperation.

FCT projects are nominated annually by the Services and U.S. Special Operations Command to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Each proposed project is screened to ensure the item is non-developmental and addresses a valid requirement, a thorough market investigation has been conducted to identify all potential contenders, and the sponsoring organization has developed a viable strategy to purchase the foreign item if it tests successfully and offers best value.

Of the seven projects selected for fiscal 2000 out-of-cycle FCT funding, two are sponsored by the Air Force, two by the Navy and Marine Corps, and two by the Army. One additional project is sponsored jointly by the Navy and the Air Force. A list of these projects is attached. Additional FCT Program information is available on the FCT Homepage on the World Wide Web at http://www.acq.osd.mil/cto/ .

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