HASC tackles acquisition bureaucracy
It’s a new year for Congress, but the same old challenges to reforming the defense acquisition system loom: weeding out layers of bureaucracy in decision-making, strengthening the acquisition workforce and quickening the pace at which technology is fielded.
“What I’m most interested in is how we can more empower the individuals at the Pentagon to make those decisions with fewer layers of bureaucracy,” said Rep Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, at a Jan. 7 hearing. Smith went on to describe a vicious cycle in which program managers proliferate with the length of an acquisition program.
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