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2007-03-15: Ken Krieg Discusses Pentagon Procurement

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Kenneth Krieg Kenneth Krieg is the Pentagon’s Undersecretary Of Defense For Acquisition, Technology And Logistics, which puts him right on the hot seat for major military procurement decisions. On March 15, 2007, he had a press conference in which he offered a quick update on the work they’ve been doing and took questions. Key issues included: How to deal with an acquisition workforce of about 134,000, 85% of which are civilians, and and most of whom are hired into specific camps, posts and stations around America, in a way that makes meaningful changes and makes sure things get done? How to think more comprehensively about infrastructure investment that stands at about $44 billion per year on all elements of facilities: construction, base operating support, sustainment, etc? How to bring the kinds of business process changes, measurement changes and performance changes that work well in the private sector, to the public sector? And how do you bring the principles of life-cycle management back into the acquisition and decision-making process so that you’re giving birth to programs that are reliable and maintainable over time [DID: the British have done very substantial and path-breaking work in both areas]? He also took questions about: […]

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