Defense AT and L. Volume 41, Number 6
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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Supporting the warfighter, protecting the taxpayerthese words were suggested by my military assistant for a small sign outside the door to my office in the Pentagon. They succinctly express the challenges those of us who work in defense acquisition, technology, and logistics face in the austere times we have entered. We will have to provide the services and products our warfighters need and protect the taxpayers interest by obtaining as much value as we possibly can for every dollar entrusted to us. This is nothing new we have always tried to do this. Going forward, however, we will have to accomplish this goal without reliance on large overseas contingency funding and in the face of continued pressure on defense budgets brought about not by a change in the national security environment, which is increasingly challenging particularly with the emergence of more technologically and operationally sophisticated potential opponents, but by the policy imperative to reduce the annual budget deficit. Hopefully, the specter of more than50 billion in sequestration cuts next year will be avoided, but, even if it is, we can expect the pressure on defense budgets to increase.