This book is aimed at people involved in what I choose to call “advanced contracting.” Who are they? They certainly include all of the teams involved in bidding defense contracts in North and South America, Europe, and elsewhere, as well as those who bid contracts involved in launch and operation of systems in space. Also included are many who bid a variety of contracts with federal or local governments, other than routine procurements and smaller or traditional construction contracts. Larger service contracts of various kinds may also come under this umbrella. Excluded are all contracts where the low bidder automatically wins. Some bidding situations where this book may be useful are shown nearby.