Secretary of Defense (SecDef) James Mattis released his plan to pursue innovative ways to sustain and advance U.S. military superiority and improve business operations throughout the Department of Defense (DOD) to Congress almost a year ago. It was entitled “Restructuring the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization”. The SecDef’s plan breaks down the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) into two smaller organizations — the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USDR&E) and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USDA&S).
This innovative plan is a huge step in the right direction, and the document highlights the pain points businesses face when attempting to innovate for and sell to DOD. This new way ahead uses a creative approach to new technology research and acquisition and allows for the important work being done by acquisitions professionals to be guided by the USDA&S.
Editor's Note: Part I: Industry vs Government Tech Innovation — Winter Is Coming! was published on 20 January 2018 and Part II: The Great Divide—A Cultural Shift Is Needed was published on 28 February 2018.