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Mac Thornberry: 2016 NDAA Would Be Step Toward Defense Acquisition Reform

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acquisition policyHouse Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has said the 2016 defense policy bill is a significant first step in their efforts to revamp the Pentagon’s acquisition system, Defense News reported Monday.

Joe Gould writes some observers like Thornberry see the current procurement process at the Defense Department as unfavorable to U.S. military technology development and some technology companies.

“I believe we can’t have a 2,000-page bill that fixes acquisition,” Thornberry said, the publication reports.

“I think we made some good progress, good first steps in the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, working on some of the basics when it becomes law,” he added, according to the report.

One provision in the NDAA would give military service chiefs power to decide on military programs, Gould noted.

Defense News reports Thornberry also proposed a separation of the department’s technology and product development efforts through an “invent-as-you-go” initiative.

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