Alan Estevez — principal deputy defense for acquisition, technology and logistics –has said he expects the Defense Department to save as much as $15 billion in service contracts through planning and analysis, the Army website reported Thursday.
DoD should tap design engineers to review such contracts in order to find efficiencies, he told attendees of the Hot Topics conference on sustainment.
Estevez said the Pentagon spent $10 billion more on materiel shipping, technical engineering, vehicle maintenance and other services than on weapons procurements, Stryker armored vehicles and fighter jets in 2014, Gary Sheftick writes.
“I’m not saying that we don’t need to be buying these services,” he said at the event.
“We just need to be buying smart.”
Estevez noted that potential savings from such contracts could benefit combatant commanders in times when funds are limited.