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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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Better Buying Power: The Next Generation

At a time of increased budget scrutiny and ever changing threats, it's important that the Pentagon make key changes to the way that it procures almost everything. In this episode of "AFCEA Answers," Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, previews the upcoming release of "Better Buying Power 3.0", the latest Pentagon directive on acquisition modernization. He also outlines a parallel effort by lawmakers on Capitol Hill to better understand and improve defense acquisition. And the secretary offers insights into how acquisition might change to reflect rapid change in areas like IT and cybersecurity.

Tags: AFCEA , AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas ,

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 01:29pm EDT

DoD targets service contracts, small procurements to boost competition rate

The Pentagon issued a handful of directives in August designed to reverse the trend in its contract competition rate, which has slipped from 64 percent in 2008 to 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. A preliminary analysis shows most of the opportunity for improvement is in service contracting.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , Dick Ginman , service contracting , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

DoD says it must deal with its shrinking technology advantage

The U.S. and its allies have dominated the military technology landscape for decades, but the Defense Department now sees potential adversaries in its rearview mirror. The Pentagon is coming up with some coping strategies to maintain its technological advantage, including version 3 of Better Buying Power.

Tags: DoD , technology , research and development , acquisition , Chuck Hagel , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Pentagon sees competition declining in defense contracting, and orders remedies

The Defense Department's acquisition chief outlined a series of changes intended to bolster competition for DoD contracts on Friday, lamenting the fact that the Pentagon has missed its competition goals every year since the goals were created.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , industry , competition , contracting , Better Buying Power , Jared Serbu

Monday - 08/25/2014, 03:22pm EDT

DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Tags: acquisition , sequestration , DoD , AFCEA , CSIS , John McCain , Carl Levin , David Berteau , Brett Lambert , Stephanie Wasko , contracting , industry

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Bob Work , AFCEA , Better Buying Power , Congress , acquisition reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its own voice to a growing list of associations and members of Congress with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what DoD is looking to change. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , DoD , acquisition , defense acquisition reform

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Robert Farley, assistant professor, UK Patterson School

"Cut it some slack" is what Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall asks critics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Kendall made those comments Thursday at a ceremony marking the delivery of two F-35s to Australia. The F-35 isn't likely to go away soon, but the buzz about what would replace it may be getting a little louder. Robert Farley is assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He writes in The National Interest about five options for replacing the F-35. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that one choice is restarting the F-22 line.

Tags: Robert Farley , F-35 , Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce , DoD

Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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