- US Defense Acquisition Undersecretary Frank Kendall previewed [CSIS] this morning the 3rd version of the Better Buying Power set of regulations and guidelines. Kendall wants to maintain American technical superiority in combination with the cost consciousness concerns prominent in BBP so far. That’s a lot to ask, and Kendall knows the main bottlenecks are proper incentive design as well as the quality of his sprawling staff. The final document will be ready in January. Interim release | Presentation [PDFs] | Video further below (jump 18 minutes in).
- Because he’s aware that “people are policy”, Frank Kendall also recently wrote about ethics and professionalism [PDF] in acquisition. His article makes a blunt assessment of how the services carefully select what they share when they interact with the Pentagon, creating significant information asymmetry issues:
“I think I’m a realist, and I know that when a Military Department asks me for a decision when it has already decided what that decision should be. As the Defense Acquisition Executive, I’m not being asked by the Service to figure out the right decision; I’m being asked to ratify the one the Service believes it has already effectively made.”