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The Courage Imperative

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Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition Integration Washington United States

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In 2006, the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment DAPA report called for Bold New Ideas and Sweeping Changes. It may be indelicate to say so, but Im not sure weve seen them happen yetnot in a big way, and not on the scale the reports authors seemed to think necessary. Since that time, we have, instead, seen a continuing emphasis on process-centric approaches to acquisition and relatively minor changes to existing policies. To be sure, there have been some changes in recent months. The Government Accountability Office GAO even complimented the Department of Defense for making progress in some areas. However, revising a few policies to place more emphasis on something we were doing already is not particularly new or bold, nor does it constitute sweeping changes. These little changes might be good ideas, and they might be helpfulbut they dont exactly meet the challenge laid down by the authors of the DAPA report.

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