Accession Number : ADA323682

Title :   Statement of The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, Honorable Paul G. Kaminski, Before the House Committee on National Security on Defense Acquisition Reform,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGT ON DC

Personal Author(s) : Kaminski, Paul

PDF Url : ADA323682

Report Date : 26 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee, and staff, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Defense's program of acquisition reform and how it supports the Department's overall modernization plans and the war fighter's needs. As I look at the defense acquisition system in detail, what I find is that the system is not broken-it fields equipment that is second to none in the world. The American people can take comfort in the fact that U.S. defense acquisition workforce is the very finest in the world. But the system can and must operate much more efficiently. Reforming DoD's acquisition system is the principal reason why I agreed to serve as the Defense Acquisition Executive. Lasting acquisition reform requires commitment to a continuous process of improving a system which took over 50 years to build. The Department must continuously evaluate the way it does business in order to ensure that the war fighter has access to leading edge technology that is affordable and militarily effective. Our vision is to be the smartest, most efficient, most responsive buyer of best value goods and services to meet the war fighters' needs. DoD has achieved a large measure of success with acquisition reform. The Department has made a number of critical and historical changes that are now being institutionalized and beginning to bear fruit. However, there are still many areas that require further work. This statement is a 'report card' on where we have been in acquisition reform. It is also a strategic plan for where we are going in the future. The Department cannot, and will not, rest on its laurels. DoD is committed to sustaining the momentum built up during the last four years by continuing to institutionalize the reforms already begun.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MEASUREMENT, WARFARE, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, DETECTORS, STRATEGY, REPORTS, PLANNING, HISTORY, JET FIGHTERS, PERSONNEL, LEADING EDGES, WORK, VISION, CIVILIAN POPULATION, CONTINUOUS PROCESSING, MOMENTUM, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PANEL(COMMITTEE), CARDS, EXECUTIVE ROUTINES.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE