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DoD leader raises an eyebrow over proposed acquisition reforms

Pentagon has concerns with Senate legislation requiring more acquisition authority for military service chiefs and House provision dictating new career paths for uniformed acquisition personnel.

Tags: DoD , Congress , National Defense Authorization Act , Goldwater-Nichols Act , John McCain , Northern Virginia Technology Council , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:03am EDT
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DoD promises to balance push for open architectures with companies' property rights

Pentagon is studying its existing use of open systems in preparation for a final report, due at the end of the year, on how to expand them. Officials insist they're not interested in wiping out Defense firms' proprietary systems, but they need to own the data links between them.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , technology , Better Buying Power , Open architecture , Katrina McFarland , industry , AFCEA , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/13/2015, 03:42am EDT
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DoD's Better Buying Power 3.0 raises cyber as a core acquisition concern

The Defense Department published a 3.0 version of its Better Buying Power program Thursday, saying the overall plan represents "more continuity than change." But there have been shifts in emphasis over the initiative's five-year lifespan, including a new focus on cybersecurity.

Tags: DoD , Better Buying Power , acquisition , cybersecurity , industry , Robert Work , Research and development , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:44am EDT

New high-level council will guide DoD's ‘neglected' electronic warfare programs

As part of its "third offset" strategy, the Pentagon says it needs a big focus on electronic warfare.

Tags: Bob Work , DoD , Sandy Winnefeld , Defense Science Board , technology , Electronic Warfare , Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:04am EDT

DoD pursues back-office savings ahead of potential cuts from sequestration

The Defense Business Board outlines three approaches for the Pentagon to save $125 billion across six administrative areas. Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work said the 90-day study will help his department improve productivity as sequestration looms.

Tags: management , budget , DoD , Bob Work , Michael Turner , House Armed Services Committee , sequestration , Administrative functions , Defense Business Board , McAleese and Associates , Credit Suisse , Better Buying Power 3.0 , Acquisition policy , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:05am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force structure decisions

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Tags: Inside the Reporter’s Notebook , DoD , acquisition , Congress , Army , Katherine Hammack , sequestration , BRAC , Installations , John Conger , Peter Levine , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT

DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Tags: acquisition , management , Congress , DoD , Mac Thornberry , House Armed Services Committee , Better Buying Power , Aerospace innovation initiative , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department submits seven legislative proposals to Capitol Hill to simplify its acquisition process. But don't call them reforms, says Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss what DoD is asking for.

Tags: Jason Miller , DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:38pm EST
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DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Tags: DoD , DHS , acquisition , technology , Test and evaluation , David Brown , Stephen Hutchison , International Test and Evaluation Association , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Contracting , industry , Better Buying Power , Stan Soloway , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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