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New Report on Acquisition & Requirements Policy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this week issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled “GAO-22-563 Missile Defense: Recent Acquisition Policy…

New Report on Acquisition & Requirements Policy

New Report on Acquisition & Requirements Policy
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this week issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled “GAO-22-563 Missile Defense: Recent Acquisition Policy Changes Balance Risk and Flexibility, but Actions Needed to Refine Requirements Process”.

According to the GAO, “Getting missile defense systems into the field to defend the U.S. and its allies from attacks is a high priority. Traditionally, the Department of Defense allowed more flexibility in acquiring these systems. But in 2020, DOD made some changes—including more oversight from senior leaders—to improve how missile defense acquisitions perform against cost, schedule, and capability goals. Most of these changes align with best practices, such as performing independent reviews of program costs and technical risks. But DOD doesn't fully match the new systems' capabilities with the needs of the systems' users. We recommended doing so.”