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DoD's process to buy services lacking

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.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , service contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Defense Science Board , Jacques Gansler , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:21pm EDT
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DoD to cut more than just weapons systems

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.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , dod efficiency initiative , service contracting , Heritage Foundation , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Carter: DoD needs acquisition 'fast lane'

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.

Tags: DoD , contracting , best practices , management , Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afgh , DoD budget , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 07:23am EDT
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Army teeing up acquisition reforms

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.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , Army , Malcolm O'Neill , DoD budget , Robert Gates , Professional Services Council , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 07:06am EST
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DoD wants vendor input on unnecessary costs

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."

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , efficiency initiative , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 04:55pm EST

DoD: No mergers for biggest contractors

The Defense Department's acquisition chief said mergers would hurt competition.

Tags: DoD Report , acquisition , mergers , contracting , Bloomberg TV , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 01:40pm EST

Carter to resign Harvard tenure, stay at DoD

Ashton Carter will continue as Pentagon procurement chief.

Tags: DoD , contracting , Harvard , personnel

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 03:26pm EST

DAU hires new president, launches services tool

Katrina McFarland takes over for Frank Anderson as the new head of the Defense Acquisition University. DAU also will provide help for all agencies in buying services.

Tags: contracting , Kathrina McFarland , Lyle Eesley , Frank Kendall , DAU , DoD , Missile Defense Agency , service acquisitions , Service Acquisition Mall , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/15/2010, 03:19pm EST

DoD changing how it develops business systems

Under secretary Carter issued a new memo requiring the use of a new methodology for all business applications worth more than $1 million. DoD has more than 156 systems that meet that requirement.

Tags: management , DoD , Business Capability Lifecycle , program management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/24/2010, 03:20pm EST

DoD's changing acquisition tactics previewed

Ashton Carter, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, described the future state of military contracting. He said vendors should look at several current examples including the Littoral Combat Ship and the replacement for the Ohio Class Submarine.

Tags: contracting , industry , DoD , Center for American Progress , efficiency initiatives , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 06:53am EST
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