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Report: House Committee-Approved Fiscal 2017 NDAA Contains ‘Open Systems’ Provision

A defense policy bill the House Armed Services Committee approved two weeks ago contains a provision that would require the Defense Department to implement open architecture-based weapon systems “to the maximum extent practicable,” Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jared Serbu writes an earlier version of the committee’s 2017 National Defense Authorization Act had called for …

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Report: Frank Kendall Drops Push for Defense M&A Oversight Legislation

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall has decided to withdraw his legislative proposal seeking greater agency oversight of merger and acquisition activities between  defense companies, Defense News reported Tuesday. Aaron Mehta writes Kendall made the decision after the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department verified his office’s scope of authority on industry consolidation efforts. He …

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Federal News Radio: DoD’s Services Acquisition Reform Could Take 12 More Years

The Defense Department‘s efforts to reform its services acquisition system could take another 12 years to reach full implementation, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Scott Maucione quotes Ken Brennan, DoD deputy director of services acquisition, who said the department is three years into a potential 15-year reform plan that aims to enhance the …

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Reports: Mac Thornberry to Unveil Weapons Acquisition Reform Bill

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) plans to introduce a bill that seeks to reform the Defense Department‘s processes for acquisitions of weapons systems, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes Thornberry will likely integrate the proposed legislation with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that he plans to introduce in April. That …

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Lt. Gen. John Murray: Army to Think Beyond NDAA for Acquisition Reform

The U.S. Army wants to implement programs beyond what the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act calls for to reform procurement, requirements determination and budgeting systems across the military service, Defense News reported Thursday. Jed Judson writes the plan was sent to Congress and would allow Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to play a central …

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Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson: Army Acquisition Reform Focuses on Modernization

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the U.S. Army acquisitions chief, has said that a “whole government” approach and an increased decision-making authority for the services will help efforts to reform defense acquisition. He told Defense News reporter Jen Judson in an interview published Tuesday that acquisition reform plans should focus on …

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Larry Allen: Federal Govt Should Start Acquisition Reform Efforts With ‘Open Dialog’ With Service Contractors

Larry Allen, founder and president of Allen Federal Business Partners, has said government acquisition officials should monitor spending on services in order to manage procurement processes in the federal government. Allen wrote in a Federal News Radio article published Monday that federal acquisition leaders can begin their spending monitoring and procurement …

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IBM’s Jimmy Norcross: Pentagon’s ‘Better Buying Power’ to Promote Agile Acquisition

A new report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government says the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power program can be implemented across government agencies to advance agile procurement processes, expand partnerships with industry and further build up services acquisitions. The “Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power” …

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Mac Thornberry: 2016 NDAA Would Be Step Toward Defense Acquisition Reform

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has said the 2016 defense policy bill is a significant first step in their efforts to revamp the Pentagon’s acquisition system, Defense News reported Monday. Joe Gould writes some observers like Thornberry see the current procurement process at the Defense Department as unfavorable to U.S. military …

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