CRA publishes Grundman and Peoples on “Better Buying Power: Implications for A&D Programs”
In response to an expectation of increasing constraints on US defense spending, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has announced several initiatives to improve operating efficiency and control budgeted costs. One such set of initiatives was outlined by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Ashton Carter in a memorandum to DoD acquisition professionals under the heading “Better Buying Power.” The document provides guidance for how the DoD’s acquisition management community will contribute to the five-year, $100 billion Efficiency Initiative that Secretary Gates indicated last spring would be the focus of his legacy as Secretary of Defense
Earlier this month, in a presentation to the Aviation Week & Space Technology “A&D Programs” Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, CRA addressed these topics in a presentation, entitled “Better Buying Power: Implications for A&D Programs.” It summarizes the intentions Secretary Gates and Under Secretary Carter have for overhauling the acquisition management system and also illustrates the application of these policies to the DoD’s portfolio of major defense acquisition programs. The presentation provides a framework of leading indicators for how the Pentagon’s austerity initiatives are likely to reshape acquisition plans in the budget and program for fiscal years 2012 – 2017 that the Administration will propose to Congress in February.