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Sean Stackley Urges Congress to Repeal Old Military Procurement Laws

acquisition policySean Stackley, assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition at the U.S. Navy, has said the new Congress should clean out laws that slow military innovation, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

“Any legislation we get is going to beget more bureaucracy which is going to have the exactly opposite effect [from what’s intended],” Stackley told the audience at a National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored forum Wednesday.

He also believes the U.S. Defense Department must think outside the box in order to accelerate technology development to address emerging threats, according to the story by Sydney Freedberg Jr.

FCW reports Stackley told reporters that an internal DoD task force has reviewed defense procurement rules with the goal of identifying redundant and burdensome policies.

According to Sean Lyngaas‘ article, NDIA has proposed an initiative that would allow military acquisition professionals to circumvent complex rules and bureaucratic approaches for program management.

Many defense executives and contractors think the Federal Acquisition Regulation is complicated and recommend that Congress reform existing law before passing new legislation, Lyngaas reports.

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