Gen. Mark Milley: Congress Should Empower Service Chiefs to Make Buying Decisions

Mark Milley
Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff at the U.S. Army, supports a 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provision that would allow top military leaders to get more involved in the Defense Department‘s acquisition process, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg Jr. quoted Milley as saying he believes the chiefs of staff of military services and program executive officers should have more procurement decision-making powers.

He recommended that DoD establish a standard for such an authority.

“If you meet the standard, green light go, pin a medal, get promoted. If you fail, you’re out,” he added.

Milley pointed to the Special Operations Command and the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program as examples of where a commander both have operational and acquisition authorities.

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