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Ashton Carter Opposes Provision to Separate Defense R&D, Procurement Functions

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said he opposes language in a draft fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill to separate military procurement and research and engineering functions into two proposed organizations, DoD News reported Wednesday.

“I couldn’t support something that supports that separation, I just know better,” Carter was quoted as saying by DoD News.

Jim Garamone writes Carter told audience at a Naval College War forum held Wednesday in Newport, Rhode Island, he also wants to see the military service chiefs take more direct responsibility for acquisition programs.

Carter highlighted the importance of people and technology in DoD’s national security efforts during a troop talk Monday at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, Terri Moon Cronk of DoD News reported Monday.

“Attracting good people to follow you, retaining good people like you in the future, is an important responsibility [that] I and the rest of the leadership have,” he told military personnel there.

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