WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s weapons buying system needs an overhaul if the US military is to maintain its waning technological edge, experts told senators on Tuesday.
The president last week signed a 2016 defense policy bill laden with acquisition reform measures, but lawmakers want to make even more changes. The remarks during the Senate Armed Services Committee are the latest over a series of hearings in that chamber and in the House Armed Services Committee in recent months to explore further reforms.
Witnesses testified that the system labors under 180,000 pages of regulations, struggles to keep talented workers and is being outpaced by the proliferation of commercial technology and by other nations. Once the leader in night vision technology, the US has been eclipsed by France, and import controls have driven countries who want to buy from the US to competitors like China.
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