Subject: Acquisition Action Plan.
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1010 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1010
JUNE 7 2005
MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS
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SUBJECT: Acquisition Action Plan
There is a growing and deep concern within the Congress and within the Department of Defense (DoD) Leadership Team about the DoD acquisition processes. Many programs continue to increase in cost and schedule even after multiple studies and recommendations that span the past 15 years. In addition, the DoD Inspector General has recently raised various acquisition management shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
Shortcomings may also be:
By this memo, I am authorizing an integrated acquisition assessment to consider every aspect of acquisition, including requirements, organization, legal foundations (like Goldwater-Nichols), decision methodology, oversight, checks and balances--every aspect. The output of this effort, provided to me through the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), will be a recommended acquisition structure and processes with clear alignment of responsibility, authority and accountability. Simplicity is desirable.
This effort will be sponsored by the USAF with Dave Patterson David Glenn Patterson (born July 25, 1956 in Springfield, Missouri) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who pitched in 36 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 1979 baseball season. External links
Restructuring restructuring - The transformation from one representation form to another at the same relative abstraction level, while preserving the subject system's external behaviour (functionality and semantics). acquisition is critical and essential. Accordingly, kindly cooperate fully with Dave in this assignment. Dave Patterson can be reached at (703) 695-8777. Thanks.
Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense