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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved, by a voice vote, the nomination of Ashton Carter to be deputy secretary of defense.
Even though a short era of ever-increasing military budgets has come to a close, Pentagon leaders said Monday their quest to find savings in defense spending is not aimed at reducing the profitability of contractors.
The Department of Defense is trying to stop mergers among the nation's largest weapons contractors.
Services and components in the Defense Department are being told they will be permitted to retain any savings they find through better management of acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter says the decision would provide an incentive for program managers to make effective use of a now-mandatory initiative known as "will-cost and should-cost management."
A Defense Science Board panel found DoD's procedures and its senior leaders don't give service contracts the attention they deserve. Service contracts make up more than 50 percent of the Defense Department's acquisition budget.
The Pentagon's acquisition chief said Wednesday that Defense leaders would "undoubtedly" cut more major weapons systems, possibly as soon as next year. But undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said there were more savings to be found in other areas of the Defense Department budget. Major weapons procurement makes up only one seventh of DoD's spending.
Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's undersecretary for acquisitions, said the Pentagon can buy things quickly when it truly needs to. But when it comes to supporting overseas contingency operations, he said the country needs a dedicated, permanent "fast lane" that leapfrogs DoD's notoriously slow methods of buying goods and services.
The Defense Department's efficiencies initiative isn't just about internal DoD processes, the Army's acquisition chief said Wednesday. The service wants its vendors to help find ways to reduce costs and take on risk in the process, he said.
The Defense Department's procurement chief is asking contractors to submit comments on acquisition practices that increase costs but do not add value to DoD purchases. The request is part of DoD's "Better Buying Initiative."
The Defense Department's acquisition chief said mergers would hurt competition.