Doctor, It Hurts When I Do This
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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Despite Herculean efforts and decades of acquisition reform, defense acquisition is in big trouble. There is a ground swell of discontent from within and outside the Department of Defense. On Jan. 27, 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying, Entrenched attitudes throughout the government are particularly pronounced in the area of acquisition a risk-averse culture, a litigious process, parochial interests, excessive and changing requirements, budget churn and instability, and sometimes adversarial relationships within the Department of Defense and between DoD and other parts of government. Thus the situation we face today, where a small set of expensive weapons programs has had repeatedand unacceptableproblems with requirements, schedule, costs and performance.