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Public Comments Sought on Acquisition Reform

The Federal government’s acquisition regulations have grown into a demanding and complicated regime costing the nation millions of dollars just for compliance.

Building a better defense acquisition system

Author: Marion C. Blakey

During this age of austerity, the need for change to the status quo is clear. Dollars spent on burdensome compliance requirements that provide little value are funds not spent on sustaining America’s technological superiority, or preserving the readiness of our military.

Restoring Balance in the Defense Acquisition System

Mar. 11, 2014

Over the past quarter century, more than 300 commissions and studies have produced a variety of recommendations – some of which have become law – to change…

A commercial solution for speeding up aircraft development

Author: Marion C. Blakey

We hear it often: It takes entirely too long to develop new military aircraft and other defense systems. We wistfully long for the bygone era when legendary outfits like Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed Skunk Works team actually went from proposal to production of a new aircraft concept, the XP-80 jet, in only 143 days.