Senior Navy officials said the service is making changes to takeÂ advantage of previous updatesÂ inÂ authorities by Congress for rapid acquisitions across the military, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Congress allowed the U.S. Navy to accelerateÂ how it develops, buys and fields new technologies through the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.Â
Rear Adm. James Kilby, director of warfare integration at the office of the chief of naval operations, said the NavyÂ created two paths to leverage its new rapid acquisition authorities. The service isÂ working on faster prototyping, experimentation and demonstration projects and the maritime accelerated capability office as part of its high priority initiatives.
Commander Todd Philips, of the Navy appropriations matters office, said the Navy faced âa lot of initial bumps and bruisesâÂ implementing the accelerated acquisition process. However, he noted the service is âat a much better placeâÂ following the 2018 update on the process, whichÂ sets initiatives that are designated as âacceleratedâ to receive immediate funding.
Rear Adm. Douglas Small, program executive officer for integrated warfare systems, said the Navy is assigning program managers and executive officers to speed up the process to manage acquisition authorities and speed up processes.
âJust removing entire layers of oversight and really empowering people to be able to go off and deliver is going toâ¦ speed up a lot throughout the system,â he said.
Amid the efforts to buy and field technologies faster, Kilby called on industry to reach out to the Navy toÂ help in the changes.Â He addedÂ the Navy isÂ shifting millions of dollars inÂ research and development funding towards fast-tracking acquisition priorities.