So You Say You Want a Revolution?
June 15, 2015
As was apparent shortly after the November 2014 election, 2015 is going to be a year of change for how the Department of Defense does acquisition. The odds for change only looked better early in 2015 when both Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) chairman John McCain and House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman Mac Thornberry announced their agendas for the current Congress at CSIS, and both identified acquisition as being in the top tier of issues they planned to address. Representative Thornberry followed up by filing a stand-alone bill on defense acquisition (H.R. 1597) for public comment prior to his committee’s consideration of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With the recent passage of the SASC version of the NDAA, however, it is clear that major changes are afoot. What does that mean for defense acquisition, for industry, and for the department’s push for innovation?