Michael Moran: Navy Program Managers Must Lead Efforts to Streamline Acquisition

Vice Adm. Michael Moran, principal military deputy to the U.S. Navy acquisition executive, said Thursday at an engineering conference that “things can be done” when it comes to streamlining acquisition, USNI News reported Monday.

Moran said the use of new and innovative processes like additive manufacturing helped the Navy field an updated next-generation jammer for the EA-18G Growler in four months instead of the initial nine-year schedule. He added that partnering with industry and fostering communication between program managers and program executive officers are crucial to improving the Navy’s acquisition process. Moran noted that PEOs meet with Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts once a month to discuss acquisition issues and pass that information to the program managers.

He also said that program offices and the test community must be held accountable for speeding up program execution.

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