Can the Current Acquisition Process Meet Operational Needs?
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Since the 1950s the acquisition system has been modified and changed many times to clean up the system and prevent fraud, waste, and mismanagement. However, the system had become too big, cumbersome, and unresponsive to meet operational needs. In 1985 the Presidents Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, the Packard Commission, was established to make recommendations for new reform. In June 1986 the commission published its final report that made sweeping recommendations. Those recommendations were implemented by the National Security Decision Directive 219 in April 1986, the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act in October 1986, and the Defense Management Report in July 1989. Since then, many changes have occurred that have improved operational perspective and jointness in acquisition planning, linked national security objectives to system acquisition, and improved acquisition management.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies