(See D. Blair, pp. 48-52, May 2002 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Commander Mark Vandroff, U.S. Navy—AdmiralBlair raises many fine points on how the acquisition community, especially in information technology, needs to stay as close as possible to the war fighters it serves. Some of his comments, however, are deeply flawed and require closer examination.
First, let us deal with the example of the phone and distance line, which Admiral Blair sites as evidence of a failed acquisition process. The acquisition community bas literally nothing to do with the presence of those phone and distance lines. Their use is mandated by Naval Warfare Publication 4-01:4 (formerly NWP 14). The Navy Warfare Development Command, not the acquisition community, maintains NWPs. Change the requirements, and the acquisition community will change what it buys.