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Frank Kendall: BBP Initiative Promotes ‘Incremental’ Defense Acquisition Reform

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has said the Defense Department‘s strategy for Better Buying Power is to reform the department-wide acquisition system through “incremental progress,” DoD News reported Monday.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Kendall told an audience at the Brookings Institution that the earlier BBP iterations sought to boost professionalism, efficiency and productivity in DoD procurement activities.

Version 3.0 of the BBP program is designed to “change back toward thinking about our products and focusing particularly on the results we’re trying to achieve,” he added, according to the report.

Kendall also noted at the Brookings Institution event that DoD aims to establish a culture of innovation and technical excellence through the initiative.

“The idea here is a shift in emphasis — not a fundamental break with what we’ve been doing in the past,” he told attendees.

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