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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force Seeks 10-Month Timeframe for Sole-Source Contract Awards

Arnold Bunch
Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the U.S. Air Force‘s military deputy for acquisition, has set a goal for the service branch to award sole-source contracts within a timeframe of 10 months, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Scott Maucione writes Bunch said the Air Force currently monitors sole-source contracts worth $50 million to $500 million and the military branch drove down contract award time from approximately 17 months to 12 months over the last two years.

“If I can measure in that subset and I can learn what my drivers are in my contract timelines in that area, then I should be able to put resources in an appropriate area so we can drive it down more and figure out what our resource restrictions are and what are our problems,” Bunch added.

Bunch noted the Air Force did not initially understand the technology or risks in some programs and the service branch aims to set “more realistic” goals at the start of projects, Maucione reported.

The Air Force looks to update procurement practices ahead of modernization efforts in the 2020s, the report stated.

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