Acquisition Reform: Implementing Defense Management Review Initiatives
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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DOD has made several of the changes to its acquisition system that were recommended by the Packard Commission. DOD, for example, has streamlined the acquisition management structure, established the position of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and limited formal reporting requirements. The Packard Commission concluded that DODs acquisition system had become an increasingly bureaucratic and overregulated process in which acquisition policy- making and program management responsibility were fragmented and diluted. The Commission painted, in its words, a stark picture of a highly competitive acquisition system in which program managers, buffeted by numerous internal and external pressures, become supplicants for, rather than managers of, major new defense systems. These competitive pressures resulted in a huckster psychology that leads program managers to optimistically interpret information about a systems cost, schedule, and performance.
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