Ben FitzGerald: DoD to Focus on Sustainment, Use Data-Driven Approach in AT&L Reorganization Effort

Ben FitzGerald

Ben FitzGerald, director of the Defense Department‘s strategy and design office, has said DoD intends to adopt a “data-driven approach” as it works to reorganize the acquisition, technology and logistics office, DoD News reported Thursday.

FitzGerald officially assumed his current role Jan. 2 to oversee the split of the AT&L organization into two units: acquisition and sustainment; and research and engineering.

He said such an approach would call for DoD to analyze data associated with the acquisition process and capability portfolios and noted that the two-year reorganization effort should also focus on sustainment.

“An opportunity to innovate is usually in the sustainment phase,” he said Tuesday at an American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council-hosted seminar.

“We need to figure out how to bring that community up front so it can influence how we design, so we can design for sustainment, so we have ways to prototype into sustainment, so we can think about the sustainment of [areas such as] software.”

FitzGerald asked industry to offer recommendations and feedback on the restructuring effort, which he said seeks to provide authority for rapid prototyping and fielding activities.

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