Report: SASC Seeks to Give Weapon Program Mgmt Authority to Service Chiefs

acquisition policyA 2016 defense policy bill developed by the Senate Armed Services Committee would give U.S. military service chiefs and secretaries power to manage weapon procurement activities, Defense News reported Friday.

“We’re trying to bring the chiefs back into the accountability structure,” a committee aide was quoted as saying by Defense News.

“But the program managers would be the ones executing,” the aide added.

The committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), wants the Defense Department‘s acquisition chief to focus on managing 80 percent of the military’s overall annual contracting programs, according to the report.

The report says the panel’s 2016 National Defense Authorization Act would also grant military services more authority over their annual budget if they could demonstrate strategies to address program cost issues.

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