Military service chiefs poised to gain more acquisition power

Military service chiefs and secretaries will be given more power over the acquisition process than they have had in 30 years if the President signs the fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization bill.

The bill, which was reported out of a joint committee on Sept. 29, gives service chiefs and secretaries overall responsibility for acquisition programs within their services.

The move is a delegation of powers from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (ATL), which has held milestone decision authority over programs for about three decades.

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