Heidi Shyu, Sean Stackley, William LaPlante Testify on Defense Acquisition Reform

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acquisition policyTop acquisition officials from U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy have testified before a Senate panel on efforts to reform the military’s processes and drive effectivity and responsiveness to needs, DoD News reported Thursday.

Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes that Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s panel on readiness and management support that the service needs to improve program agility and program manager authority.

“I urge Congress to empower the [program managers] with the authority needed to help them guide the program successfully to completion in a manner that’s similarly to industry,” said Shyu, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015.

Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition and also a 2015 Wash100 inductee, pointed to five principles in driving value from defense acquisitions amid tighter budgets.

He said acquisition programs should focus on the requirements, planning, cost efficiency, workforce development and the industrial base.

Marshall also reports that William LaPlante, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, highlighted the Defense Department‘s Better Buying Power initiative and DoD Instruction 5000.02 as part of the progress made in reforming defense acquisition.

“We’re trying things in the Air Force, and I know the other services are, outside of the acquisition [instruction], doing something that that’s called ‘other transactional authority,'” he added.

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