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    Please help me understand the widely-held notion that a SOW "directs the contractor how to accomplish the work" when the contractor is free to propose a solution that meets a System Performance Specification (PRF), free to apply their engineering process, and free to implement their own development methodology.


    IAW MIL-HDBK-245E,  DoD Handbook Preparation of Statement of Work (SOW), 4.3.c. (found at this site:, “During all acquisition phases, solicitations and contracts, the SOW should state management requirements in terms of results needed rather than "how to manage" procedures for achieving those results.”


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