Defense AT and L. Volume 28, Number 3, 2009
Defense Acquisition University Washington United States
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Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, made the following statement just prior to voting on passage of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA for fiscal year 2008 Senior DoD officials have recognized the deficiencies in the defense acquisition workforce, but they have been unable to obtain significant funds that are needed to remedy the problem. ... Our bill will address this issue by establishing an acquisition workforce development fund to enable the Department of Defense to increase the size and quality of its acquisition workforce. The secretary of defense and Department of Defense senior leaders are actively involved in shaping initiatives to improve the capability and capacity of the defense acquisition workforce. The defense acquisition workforce is critical for improving acquisition outcomes for the nations 1.6 trillion investment in acquisition systems and services. The new Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund DAWDF is a key enabler for revitalizing the workforce. The fund was made possible by Congress, and funding is contributed by DoD components. DoD is deploying the DAWDF now to increase and improve recruiting, hiring, training, development, and retentionallkey ingredients to restoring the acquisition workforce.