Defense Secretary and a 2019 Wash100Â Award winner Mark EsperÂ said a department-wide review of defense programs to generate savings will involve âdivesting of legacy capabilities that simply arenât suitedâ for future combat operations, Defense News reported Wednesday.
âMy commitment is to look throughout the DoD enterprise, beginning with the fourth estate, and look for ways to find money to invest in those technologies,â he said Tuesday at the SENEDIA industry conference in Rhode Island. âIâm looking for programs that donât have as much value relative to another critical war-fighting capability, absolutely,â Esper said. âI have a dollar amount in mind but I want to make sure I can refine it a little better before I can release anything.â
Deputy Defense Secretary and fellowÂ 2019 Wash100 AwardÂ recipient David Norquist issued a memo on Aug. 2 informing component agencies and services of a zero-based assessment of all department-wide activities and functions to identify savings âthat can be reallocated to our highest priorities in support of the National Defense Strategy.â