Report: Rep. Mac Thornberry to Introduce Military Weapons Acquisition Reform Bill

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Mac Thornberry

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to unveil in mid-May a new bill that would overhaul the Defense Department‘s system for buying major weapons systems, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Ellen Mitchell writes Thornberry said the standalone bill would look to boost DoD’s capacity to negotiate intellectual property licenses and remove legislative requirements that he believes prolong the current acquisition process at the department.

The report said Thornberry aims to include the proposed reforms in a defense policy bill for fiscal 2018.

“What I hope to do is help the [DoD] run more like a business and be able to keep up with the changes in technology and business practices,” he added, according to The Hill.

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