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Stacy Cummings Comments on Initial Results of DOD’s Software Acquisition Changes

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Stacy Cummings
Stacy Cummings DOD

Stacy Cummings, who is performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said at a virtual conference that software acquisition changes are turning up positive initial results, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

The Adaptive Acquisition Pathway, an update to DOD's traditional acquisition approach, aims to streamline acquisition of software and is implemented into several defense programs for its pilot run.

“Early trends look really good,” said Cummings during a National Defense Industry Association-hosted event. She added that the pilot is still under evaluation.

More programs are being lined up to implement the new purchasing policy, according to the DOD procurement lead. The move to the software acquisition pathway was recommended by a 2019 software acquisition report from the Defense Innovation Board.