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FCW : September 30, 2014
The next phase of the Defense Depart- ment s effort to improve how it buys weapons and IT will focus on strength- ening what senior Pentagon of cials say is an increasingly tenuous American lead in military technology know-how. The latest acquisition reform program, which a DOD spokeswoman said could be unveiled as early as this month, will focus on getting proven technology into the hands of war ght- ers faster, said Under- secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Tech- nology and Logistics Frank Kendall. Whereas Better Buy- ing Power 1.0 and 2.0 centered on business practices and decision- making, respectively, Version 3.0 will "get us back to our products and what we re actually trying to deliv- er to the war ghters," Kendall said in a Sept. 3 speech at the National Press Can Better Buying Power 3.0 preserve America's tech edge? of IT organizations don't provide training for the skills they expect will increase in importance 80% Trending Club in Washington. "It s going to be about innovation; it s going to be about technical excellence." An engineer by training, Kendall said he would relish the turn to a more technical phase of acquisition reform. His preview of Bet- ter Buying Power 3.0 came with an under- lying sense of urgen- cy to implement it. "I am deeply concerned about the fact that we are at risk of losing our technological superior- ity in certain areas of warfare," he said, add- ing that Russia s and China s defense mod- ernization programs are designed to cur- tail America s military edge. A few hours later and a few hundred miles to the north- east, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed that concern for the depart- ment s foothold in innovation. If the government does not address chal- lenges such as the asymmetric nature of cyberwar and Russia s and China s intent to counter America s military might, the U.S. could nd itself "in a future combat theater facing an arse- nal of advanced, disruptive technolo- gies that thwart our technological advantages," Hagel told the South- eastern New England Defense Indus- try Alliance in Newport, R.I. Better Buying Power 3.0 differs from earlier iterations of acquisition guidance by featuring "more use of modular and open systems architec- tures, providing industry with draft requirements earlier, removing obsta- cles to procuring commercial items, and improving our technology search and outreach in global markets," Hagel said. DOD of cials have made the geo- political stakes of acquisition clear before. Earlier this year, they wrote in an annual report to Congress that China had stolen U.S. intellectual prop- erty related to "key national security technologies." --- Sean Lyngaas FCW CALENDAR Cloud Experts from Amazon Web Services, AT&T, General Dynamics IT, Google, Juniper Networks and VMware discuss what's possible for agency cloud initiatives as this FCW event. Reston, Va. http://is.gd/FCW_cloud2014 Enterprise architecture Federal Chief Enterprise Architect Scott Bernard is the keynote speaker at a conference (produced by 1105 Media) that will also feature EA experts from the departments of Commerce, Education, Energy and Homeland Security. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/FCW_ea2014 10/16 10/7-8 Management This year's ACT- IAC Executive Leadership Conference --- a multiday, multitrack gathering for industry and agency IT execs --- will focus on "Leadership and Innovation in Radically Changing Times." Williamsburg, Va. http://is.gd/FCW_elc2014 10/26-28 September 30, 2014 FCW.COM 3 Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (above) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have both argued that defense acquisition reform has strategic implications as well as budgetary ones.
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