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Pentagon Acquisition Reform: Quits, Fits, and Edits

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DID has covered a number of efforts, inquiries, and discussions regarding defense acquisition reform. With bipartisan Congressional concern still revving hot over the Defense Procurement Cost Spiral, this issue isn’t going away. Today, DID features three items that touch on this topic. One is about Ernie Fitzgerald, who beat Richard Nixon but had less luck with the acquisition system. Another is an article in the U.S. Naval Institute’s February 2006 Proceedings magazine from 50-year acquisition veteran Thomas Christie, whose positions included DoD Director of Operational Test and Evaluation. He asks: “What Has 35 Years of Acquisition Reform Accomplished?” Finally, we have a short bit on the revolving door between the Pentagon and weapons contractors, and the fate of a recent Senate ethics provision. Pathbreaking USAF whistleblower Ernie Fitzgerald may have beaten Richard Nixon in the end, and he had people like Sen. Charles Grassley [R-IA] hail his efforts to curb wasteful spending at an official Senate retirement event. So what words of satisfaction did he have for the folks at, as he looked back over his 40 years of procurement reform efforts? “I’ve been defeated… I’ve lost. I’m 80 years old. I’m not going to win this year or […]

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