Acquisition Reform

Doggone Dogfight!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Acquisition Reform, Air Force, Defense Strategy, DoD Budget, Force Structure, General, Leadership | 0 comments

  So I have raised the hackles of my esteemed Warthog (A-10) brothers and sisters  and Army and Marine ground pounders before in an article entitled “The A-10 and Reality.”  In that article I took the position that the A-10, even though it was a good airplane for its time (first flown in 1972), should be retired.  I still believe that its time has come.  You can read the details by going to the link, but my opinion is still that while it would be nice to have if the Air Force had unlimited amounts of money, it doesn’t.  The A-10 is expensive to fly and maintain, it...

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Competition and Sewing Machines

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Acquisition Reform, Defense Industry | 0 comments

I saw an interesting article this morning on the NDIA Blog site which said Secretary Frank Kendall, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics  USD(AT&L), was unhappy that DoD did not meet the goal for having more competition for defense-related contracts.   I’m not surprised at that because given the irrational focus of DoD on vendor profits, they have managed to make bidding on defense contracts so unattractive that fewer and fewer companies are making the effort to bid.  In my view, it’s not just one reason: There are less contractors out...

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Fixing Acquisition

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Acquisition Reform, DoD Budget | 0 comments

The DoD Process Simplified I ran across an article from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) the other day by Sandra Erwin on Congressional frustration on how the Pentagon buys things.  Not being satisfied with the progress being made by the DoD Acquisition guru’s, Congress has decided that more legislation is needed to fix things (Really? Congress is going to fix something?).  The Congress has asked nine of the industry associations around the Beltway to provide comments on how to make it better, with inputs due in July.  I belong to several of those and I’m glad...

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