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Andrew Hunter: Pentagon, Congress Aim for Consensus on Military Acquisition Reforms

acquisition policyA Defense Department program director has observed an emerging consensus between defense executives and lawmakers to revamp the military procurement system and clear overlapping acquisition policies, Reuters reported Friday.

Andrea Shalal writes Andrew Hunter, head of DoD’s joint rapid acquisition initiative, told reporters last week the agency plans to propose legislative reforms during the fiscal 2016 federal budget process.

“We’ve come up with some proposals that we hope will be favorably received,” he added, according to Reuters.

Shalal reports that DoD’s weapons buying reform goals dovetail with plans of armed services committees in the Senate and House to address procurement cost and scheduling challenges across the department.

The agency’s joint rapid acquisition office has addressed approximately 500 requests for new defense systems during the past decade, according to Shalal’s article.

Hunter noted there is a growing demand for military ISR equipment, biometrics and technology for detecting roadside explosives.

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