Exclusive: HASC Chairman Thornberry Talks Acquisition Reform, Budget Issues and Prospects for Base Closures

Since picking up the gavel as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee at the beginning of the 114th Congress in 2015, Rep. Mac Thornberry has made acquisition reform at the Defense Department a top priority.

That year, the Republican who hails from Texas’ 13th district made his first effort to tackle a system — which many say is too slow and cumbersome — when he introduced the Acquisition Agility Act. Many provisions in the legislation made it into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which was signed into law at the end of 2016.

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