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Air Force Releases FY 2019/2020 Acquisition Management Report; Darlene Costello Quoted

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A new biennial report from the Department of the Air Force states that the department has made progress in its procurement management through the use of commercial ventures and digital acquisition strategies.

The Air Force detailed in the fiscal year 2019/2020 Acquisition Biennial Report how it quickened the pace of delivering technologies to warfighters through rapid acquisition authorities and mid-tier acquisition procedures, the service branch said Friday.

The report also details the service’s management of over 60 acquisition programs in relation to baselines that visualize the Air Force's strategy for balancing program costs and schedules while optimizing taxpayer dollars.

Darlene Costello, acting assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the Air Force is also working to expand its industrial base.

“Successful implementation of digital acquisition goes hand-in-hand with our ability to integrate technology innovation occurring across the commercial market, especially in areas currently untapped by the Defense Department,” she added.

The Air Force achieved the “Century Challenge” milestone of cutting 100 years from program delivery schedules in May 2019.