Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Washington United States
The president and the secretary of defense have established acquisition reform and improving acquisition outcomes as a top priority. President Barack Obamas March 4, 2009, memorandum, Government Contracting, communicated his intent that the acquisition workforce have the capability and capacity to manage and oversee acquisitions appropriately. On April 6, 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced his intention to significantly improve the defense acquisition workforce by increasing the size of the organic workforce by 20,000 through fiscal year 2015. The departments acquisition workforce improvement strategy reflects both the administration and congressional commitment to right-size, rebalance, and restore the quality of the acquisition workforce. This strategy is supported by workforce initiatives that will grow, enhance, and sustain a high-quality workforce. This includes recruiting and hiring, retention and recognition incentives, and training and workforce development initiatives.