• Better Buying Power 2.0 Failing To Deliver On Increased Competition

    July 9, 2014- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. For nearly five years, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) has been striving to make increased competition for defense contracts the centerpiece of an acquisition strategy that was supposed to simultaneously reduce [Read More...]
  • The Jury Is Still Out On Better Buying Power

    May 1, 2014- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. Yesterday, in an article on the Defense One blog, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), Frank Kendall, took a small, really premature, victory lap for his signature program, Better Buying Power. BBP is a set of [Read More...]
  • Memo To The Honorable Frank Kendall: BBP Is A Bust

    January 9, 2014- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, has earned a somewhat fearsome reputation in the halls of the Pentagon as a consequence of his demands for information. The phrase “In God we trust; all others [Read More...]
  • DepSecDef Carter’s Defense Of Better Buying Power Misses The Mark

    November 15, 2013- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. Every senior defense official, in or out of uniform, is opposed to the way sequestration is forcing the Pentagon to take mandatory spending reductions. In fiscal year (FY) 2013 the Department of Defense used unobligated balances and a variety of [Read More...]
  • Navy Makes Smart Decision On Nextgen Network

    July 1, 2013- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. In a surprise decision, the U.S. Navy awarded the majority of the work for its Next Generation Enterprise Network (NextGen) to Hewlett Packard (HP). NextGen is going to be the successor to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), providing a full [Read More...]
  • The U.S. Military’s Greatest Enemy: DoD Overhead

    May 31, 2013- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. My colleague Loren Thompson is fond of pointing out that the most serious problem facing the U.S. military today and the primary reason it is so difficult to make a compelling case for robust defense spending is that the country [Read More...]
  • BBP 2.0 Mostly Old Whines In A New Bottle

    May 20, 2013- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L, Mr. Frank Kendall released the long-awaited revision to the defense department’s signature acquisition reform memorandum, Better Buying Power (BBP): “Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power 2.0 – Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense [Read More...]
  • Better Buying Power 2.0 Might Actually Improve DoD’s Acquisition System

    November 15, 2012- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D. Trying to guide, direct or reform the Pentagon’s acquisition system would make steering the Titanic appear easy. There have been many attempts in the past and hundreds of studies, blue ribbon panels and commissions that have recommended ways of improving [Read More...]
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