William C. Greenwalt

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Acquisition reform is necessary to maintain the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) current technological and military supremacy over potential rivals in the coming decades .

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Only an effective acquisition system can deliver that dominance and only Congress can provide DOD with the tools and incentives to ensure our men and women have the right capabilities when it counts.

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In the current budgetary environment, there is nothing more critical to national security than getting acquisition right.  If we get it wrong, we will end up with a hollow, unready force with old outdated equipment unable to meet the threats of the present or the future, let alone the past.  

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In part two, we dive a little deeper into Better Buying Power’s bullet points.

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With Friday’s “interim release” of the Department of Defense’s next phase of acquisition reform, Better Buying Power 3.0, we turn to PSF contributor William Greenwalt for some initial thoughts.

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Visiting Fellow Bill Greenwalt discussed the defense acquisition reform on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s ‘In Depth.’

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton, in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014.

A globally integrated commercial-defense industrial base should provide the U.S. with maximum innovation at minimum cost. Politically, this has been and will continue to be a difficult and challenging objective to achieve.

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In November 2013, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) embarked on an effort to reform what is universally recognized as a broken acquisition system within the Department of Defense.

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Regulatory and oversight stovepipes often lead to excessive bureaucratic inefficiencies within government and a compliance mentality, poor performance and lack of innovation in the regulated industry.  

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Still, the need to circumvent the acquisition system–as the godfathers of HealthCare.gov did–is becoming increasingly essential if agencies want something innovative, fast, cheap or functional. 

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