LYNN HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF REMOVING BARRIERS TO ENTRY INTO THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE INNOVATION

ARLINGTON, VA, April 13, 2015 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions process has been called outdated, under-resourced, and unnecessarily confusing–among other things. Removing barriers to entry in order to foster innovation, as well as specialized approaches like expediting procedures related to information technology are seen as key issues in the time ahead.

The Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosted a discussion on the acquisitions procedures at the Department of Defense and the need for reforms. The event opened with a keynote address by Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics at DoD, who has making moves to strengthen best practices while he has been in that position.  He has been managing his Better Buying Power program–aimed at bettering productivity, eliminating bureaucracy, and promoting competition–among other initiatives.

Following Kendall’s remarks, and a short discussion with the audience, a panel discussion that included DRS CEO Bill Lynn began to discuss ideas for reform. Michael O’Hanlon, co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, moderated the panel.

Click here to listen to the discussion.