Tag Archives: Acquisition Reform

John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at …

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DoD Officials Remain Concerned Over Section 843 of Defense Authorization Bill

Some former and current Defense Department officials are calling for an alternative acquisition reform proposal to the policy bill promoted by Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), National Defense Magazine reported Saturday. Sandra Erwin writes that officials at the Center for Strategic and International Studies panel Friday have expressed …

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Susan Gordon to Issue NGA Acquisition Framework

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Susan Gordon plans to release a new guidance document to help NGA accelerate the agency’s technology procurement process, FCW reported Monday. Sean Lyngaas writes Gordon told FCW she expects to issue the framework within the next six months. “If companies tell me that the biggest impediment …

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Frank Kendall: BBP Initiative Promotes ‘Incremental’ Defense Acquisition Reform

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has said the Defense Department‘s strategy for Better Buying Power is to reform the department-wide acquisition system through “incremental progress,” DoD News reported Monday. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Kendall told an audience at the Brookings Institution that the earlier BBP iterations …

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John McCain: Cyber, Cost-Plus Contracts, Sequestration on Agenda for SASC Chairmanship

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has highlighted cybersecurity, cost-plus contracts and the sequestration as top focus areas as he prepares to take the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense News reported Wednesday. John Bennett writes that McCain told a forum in Washington he sees room for additional action in issues concerning cyberspace, …

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Frank Kendall to Discuss Acquisition Reform Effort with Industry Leaders

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is set to meet industry and defense executives on Saturday to discuss the Defense Department‘s acquisition reform bid, Defense News reported Thursday. Paul McLeary writes Kendall, Boeing CEO Chris Chadwick, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and other executives will talk through the new Better …

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New Democrat Coalition Proposes Professional Background for Acquisition Program Managers

A group of lawmakers wants to require defense program managers to have the technical and academic background to lead a particular program in a move to “professionalize” the field, Defense News reported Friday. John Bennett writes that the New Democrat Coalition has submitted a report recommending military acquisition reforms based on an evaluation …

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