Navigation Links
Reforming defense department acquisition policy: UM expert

COLLEGE PARK, Md. There's no "silver bullet" for reforming U.S. Department of Defense purchasing and acquisition policies, but they do need reforming, says University of Maryland public policy professor Jacques Gansler, who testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Gansler directed the Defense Department's acquisition operation during the Clinton administration and has served as a consultant for the Pentagon in intervening years.

His testimony on S-454, the Defense Acquisition Reform bill, highlights the need for a new approach to defense acquisition, including research and development, to meet the new security challenges in the 21st century, as well as the fiscal realities.

Gansler recently published an article on the subject last fall before the election one of a series of essays prepared by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy faculty.

Here's a brief summary of Gansler's prepared statement provided to the committee:


"I need not tell you that the U.S., in the 21st Century, faces incredible National Security Challenges brought on by dramatic world changes that require:

1) A new, Holistic View of Security (e.g., DoD, State, DHS, DNI, etc.) - utilizing both 'hard' and 'soft' power;

2) Addressing a Broad Spectrum of Security Missions - with great unpredictability (from Terrorism to Nuclear Deterrence);

3) Taking full advantage of Globalization (of Technology, Industry, etc.);

4) Recognizing the long-term National Security implications of: the global financial crisis, the impact of climate change, the need for energy security, the growing anti-globalization backlash, worldwide pandemics, the challenging U.S. demographics, and to do all of this in a likely fiscally-constrained budget environment." (Excerpt from Gansler's prepared remarks)


"To address these challenges, four, highly interrelated acquisition issues must be addressed (by the DOD and Congress):

1) What goods and services to buy (the "requirements" process);

2) How to buy them ('acquisition reform');

3) Who does the acquiring (the acquisition workforce) ;

4) From whom is it acquired (the industrial base).

I wish I could tell you that there was a 'silver bullet' to address the needed changes; but this truly requires a broad set of initiatives in each of the four areas - - if the nation is to achieve the required 21st Century National Security posture." (Excerpt from Gansler's prepared remarks).


Contact: Neil Tickner
University of Maryland

Related biology news :

1. Understanding natural crop defenses
2. CSC Awarded Department of Defense Biometrics Contract
3. Issues Commentary for Investors of Homeland Defense Companies FOUR, MAGS, NSSC, PNTR, BCO, and CKP
4. ASM biodefense and emerging diseases research meeting
5. Raytheon Chosen to Help Provide Department of Defense Biometrics Operations and Support Services
6. Lockheed Martin Team Wins Role on Key Department of Defense Biometrics Contract Vehicle
7. New dummy design and development wins US Department of Defense award
8. Researchers recreate SARS virus, open door for potential defenses against future strains
9. What causes cell defenses to crumble?
10. Rattlesnake-type poisons used by superbug bacteria to beat our defenses
11. How plants fine tune their natural chemical defenses
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Reforming defense department acquisition policy: UM expert
(Date:11/17/2015)... 17, 2015 Paris from ... --> Paris from 17 th until ... biometrics innovation leader, has invented the first combined scanner in ... same scanning surface. Until now two different scanners were required: ... can capture both on the same surface. This innovation ...
(Date:11/12/2015)... 2015  A golden retriever that stayed healthy despite ... has provided a new lead for treating this muscle-wasting ... Institute of MIT and Harvard and the University of ... Cell, pinpoints a protective gene that ... effects. The Boston Children,s lab of Lou Kunkel ...
(Date:11/10/2015)... , Nov. 10, 2015 ... behavioral biometrics that helps to identify and verify ... Signature is considered as the secure and accurate ... identification of a particular individual because each individual,s ... accurate results especially when dynamic signature of an ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... December 1, 2015 ... the  "2016 U.K. Virology and Bacteriology Testing ... 100 Tests, Supplier Shares by Test, Innovative ... their offering.  --> ) ... U.K. Virology and Bacteriology Testing Market: Sales ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... Global Stem Cells Group ... the Santiago Marriott. The Global Stem Cells Group GMP facility is equipped with ... qualified medical researchers and practitioners, experienced in administering stem cell protocols using highly ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - BioAmber Inc. (NYSE: BIOA ... has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, alongside ... are standing with the Obama Administration to demonstrate an ongoing ... strong outcome to the COP21 Paris ... --> Sarnia, Canada . --> ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015 Harvard Apparatus ... a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants for ... notification from The NASDAQ Stock Market that it ... requirements. The letter noted that as a result ... stock having exceeded $1.00 per share for more ...
Breaking Biology Technology: