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Recent Survey Findings Underscore the Need for Acquisition Reform at the 'Department of Defense'


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(OPEN):
"GOVERNMENT BUSINESS COUNCIL"
AND "BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON"--WHICH IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY--RECENTLY UNVEILED STUDY-FINDINGS CONCERNING BOTH THE NEED FOR ACQUISITION-REFORM AT THE "DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE", AND THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE GROWING FIELD OF "COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS, INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND RECONNAISSANCE"--OR "C-FOUR-I-S-R".  TREY OBERING IS BOTH A SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT AT "BOOZ ALLEN"--AND A FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE "MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY"...

(OBERING):
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THE MOST-WIDELY-IDENTIFIED ACQUISITION-PROBLEM BY OUR RESPONDENTS WAS A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT- AND THE INDUSTRY-EXPECTATIONS.  AND, THAT'S NOT SURPRISING.  IN SPITE OF MANY CHALLENGES, THE ACQUISITION-PROCESS HAS PRODUCED PHENOMENAL WEAPON-SYSTEMS.  BUT, WE LIVE IN A VERY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT TODAY:  THE TEMPO OF THE THREATS IS FASTER--AND THE LIFECYCLE OF THE TECHNOLOGY IS MUCH SHORTER.  THE CURRENT DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY BEGAN SEVERAL YEARS AGO--WHEN THE 'DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE' TURNED OVER TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SYSTEMS-DEVELOPMENT TO THE CONTRACTING-INDUSTRY.  WHEN THE GOVERNMENT LOST OVERSIGHT OF THAT PROCESS, THEY ALSO LOST AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW INDUSTRY OPERATES."

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THE SURVEY INVOLVED 340 "DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE"-LEADERS--AND IS PART OF "THE SMART COMMAND SERIES".  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "BOOZ-ALLEN"-DOT-COM-SLASH-"SMART-COMMAND"--AND FOLLOW THE DISCUSSION ON TWITTER, USING THE HASHTAG "SMART-COMMAND".



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