Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power


This is one of the first full-scale examinations of the Department of Defense’s “Better Buying Power” initiatives that were launched in 2010 by current Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in his previous position as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

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It’s a challenge to write a blog entry this soon after the mid-term elections and not mention them…but truly, government performance improvement is a non-partisan issue. Whether you are enthusiastic about the outcome(s) or simply relieved that the robocalls are ending, for now, I’ll stay focused on performance, outcomes, adding value, and removing costs from the operations of government.
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The White House and OMB have released a blizzard of cost-cutting memos and directives in recent months. Agency leaders are understandably overwhelmed! Here’s a handy checklist of the top ten initiatives (and if you have more, please add them!):
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