The Defense Department's push for more competition laid out in a recent memo may address some procedural challenges, but it still ignores underlying structural problems, according to national security analysts.
"This is a positive step, but it won't necessarily address the underlying issues. . . . There is nothing especially contentious in [the memo]. I think everyone will think: 'This is good, we need to compete more,' but will it address things like ability to source from international providers?" Ben FitzGerald, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said.
The memo, released Aug. 21 and signed by DOD acquisition chief Frank Kendall, announces a series of steps to bolster competition, including the creation of guidelines that document best practices for developmental programs, weapon system production, commodities contracts and service acquisitions.
DOD has been facing a four-year slump by failing to meet its competition rate goals, according to the memo.