IBM’s Jimmy Norcross: Pentagon’s ‘Better Buying Power’ to Promote Agile Acquisition

Jimmy Norcross
Jimmy Norcross

A new report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government says the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power program can be implemented across government agencies to advance agile procurement processes, expand partnerships with industry and further build up services acquisitions.

The “Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power” report analyzes five initiatives of the Better Buying Power platform, according to an IBM blog post published Monday.

Jimmy Norcross, vice president for IBM’s defense and intelligence business, and Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, wrote that the BBP initiatives cover rewards of incentives and aim to reduce bureaucracy, change services acquisitions, control costs and promote competition.

The document also includes analysis on the implementation of the program, such as the importance of consistent communication among acquisition stakeholders and the need to adopt quality data to guide decision-making processes.

Syracuse University’s Zachary Huitink and David Van Slyke authored the report.

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