Armed Services Committee chair releases defense reform

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) | Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives
Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), announced a proposal to reform defense policies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday.
  
His plan, the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act, would ideally be incorporated into the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. In the chairman's fact sheet, it states that current acquisition protocols are inefficient, considered to be wasteful in spending and dissipating the military's technological edge.

The plan would allow permanent funding to train and maintain an acquisition workforce and to allow the barriers to be removed from officers. It would also streamline reporting requirements so that program managers can save time on paperwork and utilize their time for management tasks and contractor oversight.

There are measures that, according to the fact sheet, would enhance the transparency of acquisition activity. These measures include the increase of market research and the Department of Defense's being allowed input on options, among other items.

"As long as I am privileged to hold this job, defense reform will be a priority -- not for its own sake, but for the sake of ensuring our military is as prepared as possible for the wide array of threats we face today and for the unknown security challenges which confront us tomorrow," Thornberry said.

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