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What defense acquisition reform looks like

Author: Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA

Defense acquisition reform won’t happen overnight; it will require several months if not a year or more of down in the weeds work.

Acquisition Rebalancing: Recommendations for Smart, Efficient & Effective Defense Procurement

Jul. 10, 2014

The Department of Defense (DOD) must change how it acquires weapon systems and services. There is growing recognition from DOD leadership, Congress and the defense industry that it is time to…

Defense Acquisition Resources to Understand Acquisition Reform

Jun. 05, 2014
AIA has complied a number of letters that address the federal defense acquisition process and ways in which reforms can be made to ensure the best value…

Letter From HASC/SASC to AIA

Jun. 05, 2014

This letter from the House and Senate Armed Services oversight committees informed AIA that the Congress is looking into ways to improve the defense acquisition system. Specifically:

Public Comments Sought on Acquisition Reform

The Federal government’s acquisition regulations have grown into a demanding and complicated regime costing the nation millions of dollars just for compliance.

Building a better defense acquisition system

Author: Marion C. Blakey

During this age of austerity, the need for change to the status quo is clear. Dollars spent on burdensome compliance requirements that provide little value are funds not spent on sustaining America’s technological superiority, or preserving the readiness of our military.

Restoring Balance in the Defense Acquisition System

Mar. 11, 2014

Over the past quarter century, more than 300 commissions and studies have produced a variety of recommendations – some of which have become law – to change…

A commercial solution for speeding up aircraft development

Author: Marion C. Blakey

We hear it often: It takes entirely too long to develop new military aircraft and other defense systems. We wistfully long for the bygone era when legendary outfits like Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed Skunk Works team actually went from proposal to production of a new aircraft concept, the XP-80 jet, in only 143 days.

Commercial Items - Equipping Our Service Members with the Best

Nov. 10, 2013

Using commercial items provides the Department of Defense (DOD) with distinct military advantages – access to a wide array of technologies and products developed through industry investment,…

Affordable Defense Logistics

May. 03, 2012

“Life Cycle Product Support / Outcome Based Partnerships” and “Management of Commodities” have the potential to save an estimated $20 billion to $25 billion annually.