New Directions in Defense Acquisition and Technology
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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We are in the process of making the most revolutionary change in the defense acquisition system in the past 50 years. By pursuing a dual use strategy, acquisition reform, the Single Process Initiative, international armaments cooperation and commercial off the shelf components, the Department is strongly commitment to leverage an integrated national industrial base as well as that of our allies and reliable friends. The true measure of our success will be the implementation of these initiatives in the field not just policy pronouncements in Washington. I believe we have made an excellent start in moving the defense acquisition system in a new direction one that secures the Departments long term modernization strategy meets the national security needs of the nation and preserves a legacy of technological superiority for U.S. forces in the 21st Century. We have a number of successes under our belt but we are far from the end of this journey. To paraphrase Mr. Winston Churchill, this is not the end, nor even the beginning of the end. It might be however, the end of the beginning. I believe, like the Captain of a great ocean going vessel, the ship is beginning to respond to earlier commands that the rudder is, in fact, connected to the bridge steering wheel. The large ship that represents DoD acquisition practice is beginning to turn.
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