Armed Forces News

Warfighters soon should reap the benefits of a four-month-old reorganization of the acquisition process and get the new technology and equipment they need more rapidly, the Pentagon’s civilian chief of the process told a May 23 audience at the 2018 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) in Tampa.

Additionally, troops would get the training they need to operate it in a timely fashion as well, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment.

Congress mandated that the Defense Department (DoD) take steps, and “needed to get faster, simplify the acquisition process and deliver better value to the taxpayer,” Lord said.

She urged representatives from industry who were in the audience to help DoD to “start prototyping and experimenting — to do a lot of what SOCOM (U.S. Special Operations Command) and SOF (special operations forces) do so well.”

Lord also emphasized the necessity to modernize production, development and sustainment, while ensuring that progress occurs efficiently and with cost effectiveness in mind.