The Pentagon should focus on simplifying the acquisition process while increasing the number of companies that can compete for contracts, according to recommendations from a congressional panel report released March 20.
The House Armed Services Committee’s Panel on Business Challenges in the Defense Industry unveiled its 44 recommendations on how the government can improve the business environment after roughly six months of hearings, field forums and research.
“Without some longer-term vision for the defense industrial base from the Pentagon, given the future restrictions on the budget, we could face a period where you start to see this defense industrial base begin to wither away,” Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., the panel’s ranking minority member, said at a news conference March 21. “These businesses may not go away, they’ll just go do something else and lose their capability to work with the Pentagon because it’s just too much work.”
Oh, would that the DoD acquisition policy could be simplified. Right now, a flowchart for buying a weapon system looks like a 3 year old had a tantrum and threw his spaghetti against a wall.
Sadly, just skimming this article, however, gives the impression that a lot of this proposal is simply a way for Congressmen to favor small contractors in their districts.