May 12, 2016

Senate Defense Bill Would Blow Up DoD Acquisition Chief's Job

Journalist: Joe Gould

WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain is seeking to erase the office of the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer and divide its duties between two positions, one of them a new chief technological innovator for the Defense Department.

The move in his version of the defense policy bill, approved by the committee Thursday as part of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, blows up the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics — currently held by Frank Kendall — and hands its duties to a new undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, or USD (R&E), and the renamed undersecretary of management and support, or USD (M&S).


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  • Ben FitzGerald

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Ben FitzGerald is a partner at Lupa, a private investment firm, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). At Lupa he leads the firm’s inve...