29 Nov '16, 7pm

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The elephant missing from this limited peak into the bill is the “requirements” decision – what is it we will buy in quantity and who decides? On paper that decision was in the hands of the USD(A) as Chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board, although infrequently exercised at the appropriate early stages (e.g., FCS). It took the Secretary (Gates) to break through the usual interservice gridlock to get the MRAPs fielded. Such authority in the hands of a senior OSD civilian was never accepted by the defenders of Service prerogatives in the Building and on the Hill, despite Goldwater-Nichols. Also note Gary Durst’s key point: For equipment to work well in the field, it needs to be developed to be supportable and tested for reliability and effectiveness. That is why US equipment is held in such high esteem around the world; it actually works well in combat environments, not j...

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