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Did the Navy Get Taken

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Defense Systems Management College Fort Belvoir United States

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Think. The first responsibility of the acquisition workforce is to think. We need to be true professionals who apply our education, training and experience through analysis and creative, informed thought to address our daily decisions. Our workforce should be encouraged by leaders to think and not to automatically default to a perceived school solution just because it is expected to be approved more easily. BBP 2.0, like BBP 1.0, is not rigid dogmait is guidance subject to professional judgment. That was how Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall described the first of a set of key overarching principles that underlie BBP Better Buying Power in his April 24, 2013, memorandum to the Department of Defense DoD. He said BBP 2.0 should be approached with those principles in mind. In his White Paper introducing Better Buying Power 3.0, Kendall continued to emphasize the vital importance of thinking, . . . nothing is more important to our success than our professional ability to understand, think critically, and make sound decisions about the complex and often highly technical matters defense acquisition confronts.

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