After years of steady declines, spending on contracts by the armed forces and Defense agencies are heading back up. Andrew Hunter, director of the defense-industrial initiatives group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental is still awarding contracts despite months of uncertainty.
A new analysis of government data shows that 2016 may have been the low ebb of Defense contract spending, following six years of steady declines.
The third offset strategy was born under the Obama administration, but it may still have life under the Trump presidency. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin DoD reporter Scott Maucione speaks with Andrew Hunter, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about what the third offset means under the new administration and where it’s going.
In part two of a special report: Defense Acquisition at a Crossroads, Federal News Radio examines the challenges the Defense Department will face as it implements numerous Congressional acquisition reforms, many of which it didn’t ask for.
The Pentagon’s internal improvement plan, known as Better Buying Power, coincided with several consecutive years of declines in the rate of cost growth for the Pentagon’s major weapons systems, from more than 9 percent in 2011 to 3.5 percent in 2015, the lowest level since 1985.
Congress fences off funds for the Defense Innovation Unit Experiment until DoD submits a report.
President-elect Donald Trump’s suggested hiring freeze on the federal workforce could have major implications for federal contractors. With possible plans to cut the size of the federal workforce through attrition and retirements, some contractors say industry may have to shoulder more of the workload, since the capability requirements won’t change even as government shrinks.
Despite a crazy election, members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees found stability in the results.
Defense Department spending on research and development has suffered historic declines during the budget drawdown that’s been in progress since 2009.