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Breaking it Down

by Anthony J. Nicolella

You are a buyer for a large buying activity. Your installation continues to grow substantially because of a recent Base Realignment and Closure decision. To keep up with the energy demands of the base, your installation commander was able to secure funding to build a state-of-the-art, high-voltage electrical substation. You have been given the task to buy all theequipment for this substation.

You received the purchase request packet for the substation equipment from your customer; it includes a large bill of materials (bOm), such as in figure 1. This is just one of many procurements you are working on, and you are wondering how you will ever find the time to develop your government objective for such a large buy.

Well, you are in luck. You can develop your government objective using stratified sampling.

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