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Subject: Acquisition Action Plan.

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

1010 DEFENSE PENTAGON

WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1010

JUNE 7 2005

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS

CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

UNDER SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE

COMMANDERS OF THE COMBATANT COMMANDS

ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE

GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

DIRECTOR, OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

ASSISTANTS TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

DIRECTOR, PROGRAM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION

DIRECTOR, NET ASSESSMENT

DIRECTOR, FORCE TRANSFORMATION

DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES

DIRECTORS OF THE DOD FIELD ACTIVITIES

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.

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 as lead. The first action will be to establish a baseline of recommendations from earlier studies and to integrate all other acquisition reform activities into a single coordinated roadmap. This roadmap will determine the schedule to implementation and will be delivered to the DoD Leadership team within 30 days.

Restructuring acquisition is critical and essential. Accordingly, kindly cooperate fully with Dave in this assignment. Dave Patterson can be reached at (703) 695-8777. Thanks.

Gordon England

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense
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