DoD’s proposals aim to simplify ‘mindboggling’ acquisition rules
The Defense Department submitted seven legislative proposals to Capitol Hill Wednesday to simplify its acquisition process.
But just don’t call them reforms, they are improvements, said Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Kendall told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that reforms implies there is some big change, or some big initiative that can fix the acquisition system. But that is just not the case with these proposals.
“What we have to do is attack our problems on many fronts and make incremental progress on many fronts, learn from our experience and then adopt new things as we understand the impact of the things we’ve done,” Kendall said. “And that’s why we’ve emphasized a continuous process improvement approach in the Better Buying Initiatives over the last several years. I think that is the right approach. I think we will make incremental progress on a lot of fronts and in the aggregate, I think it will make a big difference.”