Defense acquisition reform took another step forward this month with the launch of HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry’s “discussion draft” of legislation that will work its way into the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Chairman Thornberry continues to press with his commitment to an iterative, incremental drive for acquisition reform. This year’s bill focuses on key priorities that complement the efforts of Secretary Carter and Under Secretary Kendall to capitalize on private-sector innovation. The draft bill promotes experimentation and prototyping and takes some steps to attract nontraditional defense contractors into government contracting.
Unlike last year’s reform bill, however, this legislation has not yet garnered the support of HASC Ranking Member Adam Smith. He and other commentators have argued that the bill’s language might actually increase bureaucratic oversight and constrain the military services’ existing procurement authorities. In this post, we summarize the bill’s key provisions and discuss its potential path through Congress.
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