The Defense Department’s top acquisition chief testified before the Commission on Wartime Contracting yesterday, saying the Pentagon needs to create a “fast lane” for contingency acquisitions — the rapid procuring of weapons during wartime. “We have to create a fast lane for contingency acquisitions,” Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for …Read More »
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“Efficiency” has been the buzzword circulating throughout the Defense Department ever since Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates introduced his cost-savings plan in August designed to repurpose funding within the department. But Congress’ inaction on 2011 spending bills and the resulting continuing resolutions are “miserably inefficient” for the Pentagon, said Undersecretary …Read More »
A top member of the Army’s acquisition personnel said the Defense Department’s growing reliance on fixed-price contracts could have unnoticed side effects. Assistant Army Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Malcolm O’Neill, at a Professional Services Council event last week, said Army contracting officers have increasingly noticed contractors submitting inflated …Read More »
Forget about “doing more with less.” The Defense Department prefers to think of it as “doing more without more.” But, there’s more to the policy than just changing the way defense planners — including procurement chief Ashton Carter — think. In a world where managing the department’s bottom line is …Read More »