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Michael Griffin: DoD Needs to Remain Competitive Through Accelerated Acquisition Process

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, has said the Defense Department needs to expedite its acquisition processes in order for the U.S. to remain competitive against potential adversaries, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Griffin said Tuesday at the Defense Programs conference hosted by Credit Suisse and McAleese and Associates that the Pentagon takes approximately 16.5 years to achieve initial operating capability for technology platforms.

DoD can speed up the procurement process by learning from mistakes and allowing decisions to be made at a lower level, he noted.

The U.S. achieved its technological superiority through its capability to “bring stuff to the fight, to get stuff deployed [and] to do it in a rapid, robust fashion,” added Griffin, a 2018 Wash100 recipient.

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