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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