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Defense AT and L. Volume 43, Number 4

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Journal Article

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Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States

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We are now four years since Dr. Carter and I began work on the first iteration of Better Buying Power, the label Dr. Carter gave to the original set of policies we promulgated as part of then Secretary Gates efficiency initiatives in 2010. In the intervening years, Ive released the second iteration, or BBP 2.0 as its called, and Ive also recently made some statements in public that BBP 3.0 may be on the horizon. Has all this made a difference I believe it has, although Im also certain that we have ample room for additional gains in productivity and other improved outcomes. Despite some comments Ive made about BBP 3.0, the commitment to the enduring practices and policies from both the original BBP and BBP 2.0 remains. The whole concept of Better Buying Power is of a commitment to continuous incremental improvement improvement based on experience, pragmatism and analysis of the evidence i.e., the data. Four years on, as we to begin to consider the next steps we may decide to take, its a reasonable time to take a look at what we have done so far.

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