Defense Department Presents 2016 David Packard Acquisition Awards to Three Teams

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall have recognized industry teams that have contributed to the department’s goal to provide resources to warfighters while minimizing costs, DoD News reported Saturday.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Work and Kendall presented the 2016 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition to Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems team, the Next Generation Jammer Increment 1 team and the U.S. Special Operations Command‘s Acquisition Rapid Response Light Tactical Vehicle team.

Work said the award honors the teams’ execution of one or more of the Better Buying Power initiatives, according to the report.

For its part, the Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems team provided non DoD standard ammunitions to Iraq, Afghanistan, domestic and other allied partners as part of the counterterrorism campaign.

The Next Generation Jammer Increment 1 team developed a new jammer system to help warfighters respond to emerging electronic warfare threats.

The Acquisition Rapid Response Light Tactical Vehicle team developed an acquisition approach to use a commercial off the shelf system, performed combat evaluations to pinpoint shortfalls and trained and fielded a combat system to collect real-time feedback, DoD News reports.

Ferdinando writes the Defense Department also presented the 2016 Should Cost and Innovation Award to the Joint Program Office/Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for its work to develop a source selection criteria that uses a competitive prototyping method.

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