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John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

computer-technologySen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at the department in contrast to the proposed reforms in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

“I am deeply concerned by a new proposed Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation rule on commercial item acquisition… which could effectively preclude any significant participation by commercial firms in defense programs,” McCain wrote, according to the report.

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Clark reports that the senator sees the rule as an indication of DoD’s continued reliance on an “archaic” oversight system and as a deterrent to the commercial development of defense capabilities.

Carter is currently on a technology tour in Missouri to visit Boeing‘s facilities and promote public-private technology partnerships, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Jim Garamone writes Carter will observe the company’s operations and launch the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s “Wait, What?” forum as part of the tour.

Carter will also meet with Boeing management and workers as well as DARPA scientists and engineers to discuss the importance of achieving a technological edge, the report said.

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