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Shay Assad: Pentagon Seeks New Commercial Suppliers Through Acquisition Revamp

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The Defense Department will revise its defense acquisition policies in a move to attract new commercial suppliers into the weapons market, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Andrea Shalal writes the department will decide whether aerospace components are commercial or in need of military-exclusive cost analysis within 10 days under a new memo.

Shay Assad, director of pricing at DoD, told Reuters he asked industry to coordinate with contracting officers in order to determine pricing levels for commercial items.

Assad also told Reuters the Pentagon plans to designate up to 70 engineers and pricing personnel in five centers around the U.S. to will serve as resource persons for contracting officers.

The department will also form a new training course for acquisition officials as part of the regulation overhaul, Shalal reports.

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