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DoD Acquisitions Reform: Embracing and Implementing Agile

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Air Force (AF) Information Technology (IT) Business Analytics Office Washington United States

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Over the last decade, the President and Congress have tasked the Department of Defense DoD with reducing expenditures and finding areas for cost savings. DoD officials have responded with initiatives such as Better Buying Power, Should Cost and Bending the Cost Curve. Senior leaders are debating which functional areas need to be cut given the reduced budget. What if we could keep our core functions, while simultaneously reducing costs This paper purports that one avenue to accomplish this is to overhaul the overly rigid, bureaucratic acquisitions process. The new acquisitions guidance, DoDI 5000.02, represents a step in the right direction by allowing for an incremental delivery process, but implementation of Agile principles are lacking. In these times of fiscal austerity, the DoD must focus on Agile implementation in three main areas training, business process re-engineering and contracting guidance.

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