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Tony Braswell: Air Force Unveils Strategic Plan to Change Acquisition Culture

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Tony Braswell

Tony Braswell, director of contracting at Hanscom Air Force Base, said the service branch is launching a strategic plan to transform its acquisition culture, the Air Force reported Friday.

“So we’re changing the culture, becoming more proactive than reactive and less risk averse,” Braswell said during a Hanscom Representative Association meeting held on June 18 in Lexington, Mass. “We’ve taken on the motto of becoming mission-focused business leaders, and we need our industry partners to come along with us as well.”

One of the lines of effort in the strategic plan is to reimagine training and broaden collaborative training initiatives. Braswell also discussed how the “tools not rules” initiative supports contracting officers, the service’s use of evaluation methodology and the role of industry partners in facilitating the cultural change in acquisition.

“We need to train our people to think critically, to be innovative, to look at all the tools in our tool chest when it comes to the types of contract structure,” Braswell added.

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