Katrina McFarland: New DoD Document Seeks to Reform Defense IT Acquisition Mgmt

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Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland

Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary of defense acquisition, has said a new Defense Department document is set to change the DoD’s information technology acquisition management system, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

Sydney Freedberg writes Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has been working to revise the DoD’s Instruction 5000.02 over the weekend.

“IT is software and we need to manage software a specific way. You’ll see it in the revision to 5000,” McFarland told TechAmerica’s annual conference.

The changes touch cybersecurity, electronic warfare, autonomous systems, long-range weapons and space navigation, communication and intelligence, according to the report.

McFarland told reporters the DoD is also working to determine “how much of those areas are going to be implemented into this next budget,” Freedberg reports.

Kendall and McFarland want to solicit industry feedback on “early-on conceptual requirements,” Breaking Defense reports.

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