David Dunaway: NAVAIR Must Rethink Tech Acquisition, Engineering Approach

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NavyMapAirshipVice Adm. David Dunaway, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, has said the command needs to tweak its approach in fleet procurement and system engineering in order to afford future programs, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jared Serbu writes Dunaway wants NAVAIR to adopt an open architecture strategy and plan how technology would integrate with its existing naval equipment.

“We’ve been cash-strapped for a long time, and the way we’ve dealt with it so far is to cancel aircraft that we’d planned to buy in the future,” Dunaway told the radio station.

“We’ve taken out those tails to fund cost overruns, or readiness when we need it,” he added, according to the station.

The station reports that Dunaway intends to work with the private industry to balance government and contractor roles in the system integration process.

He also said that NAVAIR is working to shorten the preliminary design review process from one year to just several months, Serbu writes.

“We’re trying to collapse ourselves down into a process that’s very much like agile software development, but it’s systems engineering,” Dunaway said.

“This collapsed process takes time out the system, and time is money that we don’t need to spend so that we can afford our future.”

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