The civilian team at the top of the Pentagon’s acquisition structure is charging in several directions at once, pushing initiatives aimed at revamping how the building thinks through technology development, shares those burdens with allies and finds the next leap-ahead capability.
The Defense Department is also working with Congress to rewrite outdated acquisition rules and remove burdens from overworked program managers.
But views vary on how successful these initiatives can be at a time when the national security community faces tight budgets and is focused on conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine. The timing of the push — just as the Obama administration heads into its final two years in office facing the prospect of a new Congress after next month’s mid-term elections — could also be a problem.
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