Army Launches ‘Detailed Review’ of Acqusition Policies

The Department of the Army will set out to produce a “detailed, comprehensive review” of its acquisition organizations, policies, workforce and processes, including how it acquires and manages equipment.

“The study, commissioned by Secretary of the Army John McHugh, is intended to examine the full range of acquisition practices – from requirements to funding to management and oversight of key acquisition programs,” the Army said in a release.  “The analysis will build upon progress made in acquisition reform following the 2009 implementation of the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act and will identify areas for growth, improved efficiencies and cost savings.  The assessment will also incorporate lessons learned from eight years of war that often included non-traditional acquisition processes.”

The Army is looking to form a plan for “near-term actions” that would boost efficiency and effectiveness of the Army acquisition process.  The study will focus on important acquisition processes such as Department of Defense (DoD) 5000 series documents, rapid acquisition processes, technology development and testing.

“The Army review is taking place simultaneously with a DoD-led examination of acquisition challenges and opportunities, and will include an assessment of recent relevant studies and laws, including those articulated by the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and the Gansler Commission Report on expeditionary contracting,” the release noted.

Gil Decker, a former Army acquisition executive, and retired Army Gen. Lou Wagner, who once served as the Army deputy chief of staff for research, will co-chair the independent panel leading the endeavor.

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