AFTER THE DIVORCE: How the Pentagon Can Position Itself for Speed, Agility, and Innovation in the New Era of Acquisitions
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In 2016, Congress directed the breakup of the Pentagons Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics enterprise, believing that it was too large a bureaucracy to be effective and monopolized too many acquisition decisions. The first major step divided the bulk of the Office of the Secretary of Defenses OSD acquisition headquarters staff into two new organizations Research and Engineering R and E and Acquisition and Sustainment A and S. The second step delegated Milestone Decision Authority MDA for major programs to the Service Acquisition Executives SAEs. Additionally, over the last four years, Congress authorized a series of rapid acquisition pathways and authorities to enable greater speed and flexibility. In 2017, the three Services selected new SAEs, all from rapid acquisition organizations. These reforms represent a once-in-a-generation turning point, ushering in anew era for Defense acquisitions.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies