The objective of the Breakout Proqram is to reduce costs by breakout of parts for purchase from other than prime contractors, while maintaining the integrity of the systems and equipment in which the parts are to be used. The Acquisition Method Code/Acquisition Method Suffix Code (AMC/AMSC), assigned in accordance with the DAR-S6, indicates the competitive status of the part and defines the various encumbrances to competitive procurement.
Examples of encumbrances are inadequate, missing, or restricted data; source control; or annual buy value (ABV) less than $10,000 or a dollar amount set by current requirements. Upon completion of the breakout screening and coding process,
candidates for reverse engineering are identified as items which have been assigned a competition-restrictive AMC/AMSC code
based on unavailable technical data. Spare parts with AMC/AHSC codes which are in a suspended status (pending further investigation, resolution, or recoding) will not be considered as candidates for reverse engineering until the breakout process has been completed. Candidates may also be recommended for breakout when the item demonstrates a 25% increase in Unit price over the previous year. Regardless of AMC/AMSC codes and unit price, when a part cannot be procured but is mission critical, all efforts must be made to obtain the spare part. This may include reverse engineering even when it is uneconomical
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The Competition in contracting Act of 1984 (CICA) emphasize the necessity of competition in all procurements. The competitive reprocurement of spare parts is dependent upon the availability of complete and unrestricted Technical Data Packages (TDPs) . When competition is obstructed by restricted or deficient TDPs, the technical documentation required for production purpose may be developed through reverse engineering.
This HANDBOOK provides the guidelines and procedures for performing reverse engineering, and can be employed by in-house personnel, engineering services contractors, and manufacturing contractors performing reverse engineering. The HANDBOOK was created using current applicable laws and knowledge gained during a trial program from July 1985 to April 1987, and is based on experiences obtained from military and industry participants.
The procedure and guidelines for performing reverse engineering are arranged sequentially, in the same order that a Reverse Engineering Process (para. 3.0) could be conducted. The title contain cross-reference (in parentheses) to the pertinent subsections involved. Upon completion of the Reverse Engineering Process, the Follow-on Considerations (para. 4.0) will include recommendations for End-Item TDP Update, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), and Engineering Recommendations.