What can civilian agencies learn from DOD’s Better Buying Power?
What: “Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power,” written by Syracuse University’s Zachary Huitink and David Van Slyke and published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
Why: Better Buying Power is the latest in a long line of procurement reform initiatives from the Pentagon. The goals are to encourage more innovation from industry partners, obtain value from the scale of military acquisitions and, perhaps most critically, make sure that weapons systems aren’t “a generation old the day they’re deployed,” as one former Defense secretary put it.
Is the effort living up to its promise?