Proceedings of NATMAT (Naval Material) - Industry Senior Executive Roundtable Held at Annapolis, Maryland on 26 March 1981
AMERICAN DEFENSE PREPAREDNESS ASSOCIATION ARLINGTON VA
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On March 26, 1981, the U.S. Naval Academy hosted the Second Naval Material Command-Industry Senior Executive Roundtable at Annapolis. In attendance were 24 senior American industrial representatives and 23 Navy executive level participants including Admiral A.J. Whittle, the Chief of Naval Material and three of his Systems Command Commanders. This meeting brought together senior Navy and industrial executives to discuss issues affecting their business relations. The meeting was a follow-on to a similar conference held on December 6, 1979, also at the Naval Academy, which set the stage for continuing and productive examination of the principal factors affecting the Navys system of acquisition of weapons systems. Admiral Whittle stressed from the outset that the proceedings would be informal, would involve frank exchanges of views by both sides and he also asked that none of the participants be placed on the defensive. The principal objective of the meeting was to explore ways to improve the acquisition process thereby achieving more defense at lower cost, through needed changes in the acquisition process. This objective was generally achieved and it is likely that the emphasis being developed at the Secretary of Defense level on April 30, 1981 Deputy Secretary of Defense Carlucci signed a memorandum containing 31 recommendations for improving the acquisition process will insure OSD support.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies