April 05, 2017

Defense experts press Congress for more reforms

By Michele Flournoy

Source: Defense News

Journalist(s) Joe Gould

A trio of former defense officials on Tuesday pushed lawmakers to keep passing reforms to make the Pentagon more agile and efficient, even as it digests Congress' last batch. 

Lawmakers must help the Department of Defense find new ways to bypass its sluggish acquisition system, they said. Proposals also targeted DoD’s civilian workforce, headquarters staff cuts, and a new round of the Base Realignment and Closure process as a means of finding budgetary savings.

“I personally believe you’ve got to go full bore, because if you give the bureaucracy time to figure out what you’ve asked for, they’ll also figure out a way to get around what you’ve asked for,” Dov Zakheim, former DoD comptroller, said of acquisitions reforms.

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  • Michele Flournoy

    Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from Febr...