The Defense Authorization Act will expand milestone decision authority for military service chiefs, it just has to get past President Obama first.
In a recent memo Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall gives milestone decision authority of some programs to the military service secretaries.
Frank Kendall, DoD’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, clarifies new rules about public funding as the Pentagon begins investing in Silicon Valley.
The Pentagon capped off a more than two-year acquisition process for a new electronic health record Wednesday afternoon, awarding a $4.3 billion contract to a consortium of companies led by Leidos.
DoD’s investigation found one facility in Utah sent Anthrax to public and private labs in 20 states and seven countries over the last 10 years, and identified major inconsistencies in DoD’s handling of bioweapons. Military leaders ordered a new investigation of Army facility where the deadline bioagent originated from.
The federal government awarded 24.99 percent of its prime contract dollars to small firms during fiscal 2014, the largest percentage on record. But Congressional overseers called the administration’s statistics misleading since they do not account for tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.
As part of its "third offset" strategy, the Pentagon says it needs a big focus on electronic warfare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.