Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed ruleÂ for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense DepartmentÂ “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.
Colin Clark writes that McCain toldÂ Defense Secretary Ashton CarterÂ in a letter that theÂ rule would retain the acquisition status quo at the department in contrast to the proposed reforms in the 2016Â National Defense Authorization Act.
“I am deeply concerned by a new proposed Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation rule on commercial item acquisition…Â which could effectively preclude any significant participation by commercial firms in defense programs,” McCain wrote, according to the report.
Clark reports that the senator sees the rule as an indication of DoD’s continued reliance on an “archaic” oversight system and as a deterrent to the commercial development of defense capabilities.
Jim Garamone writes Carter will observe the company’s operations and launch the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s “Wait, What?” forum as part of the tour.
CarterÂ will also meet with Boeing management and workers as well as DARPA scientists and engineers to discuss the importance of achieving a technological edge, the report said.