APPENDIXA

Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment ProjectExecutive Summary

THE CONTEXT

For nearly 60 years the Department of Defense (DOD) has been engaged in a continuing self-assessment process to identify and improve the way it acquires weapon systems. There have been frequent major acquisition reform initiatives responding to concerns that acquisition costs are too high, that the department is buying the wrong things, or that the organization’S process is too slow.

During secretary of the navy Gordon England’S confirmation hearings to become deputy secretary of defense, discussion with senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee highlighted the main issue, that both Congress and Department of Defense senior leadership have lost confidence ...

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