TheÂ Senate Armed Services Committee has completed its markup of a fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that proposes someÂ Defense Department organizational reforms, Defense News reported Thursday.
Joe Gould writes the committee’s version of theÂ 2017 National Defense Authorization ActÂ contains a provision that would remove theÂ OfficeÂ of the Under Secretary for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics and create two new functions to replace the current AT&L organization.
The billÂ seeks toÂ distributeÂ responsibilities currently held by Frank Kendall toÂ a proposedÂ undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and an undersecretary of management and support, Gould reports.
SASC’s NDAAÂ would establish anÂ R&E officeÂ toÂ oversee innovation andÂ policies related to national security technology programs and mandateÂ anÂ M&S officeÂ toÂ help run DoDÂ organizations that perform business operations.
Sydney Freedberg Jr.Â of Breaking DefenseÂ reported Friday the committee also aimsÂ to reduce the number of flag officersÂ and Senior Executive Service members by up to 25 percent through the defense policy bill.
The committee also proposedÂ to dissolve theÂ F-35 Joint Program Office and delegateÂ the office’s currentÂ responsibilities to service branches, according to Freedberg.