Outcomes of Recent Defense Acquisition Reform: Lessons for the Future
On September 30, 2015, CSIS released a report for the Naval Postgraduate School on defense acquisition reform entitled "Measuring the Outcomes of Acquisition Reform by Major DoD Components." CSIS findings show that the implementation of acquisition reform efforts is often a slow and onerous process with significant differences between each of the major components within the Department of Defense. As Congress is seeking to make a number of new changes to the defense acquisition system, it bears recognition that it will likely take a number of years before the actual changes are reflected throughout the defense acquisition system, and that the outcomes of these changes may ultimately be very different than intended. How then should the changes to the defense acquisition system be implemented within the components, and how do we determine that what we're doing is the right approach?
This discussion focused on the lessons learned from previous acquisition reform implementation efforts and how these lessons can be applied to the forthcoming acquisition reform measures. Greg Sanders presented the findings of the recently published DIIG report, while Andrew Hunter hosted a moderated discussion with key experts in the acquisition community.