DOD's acquisition is too slow, official says

Procurement system too slow for IT

The Defense Department needs to revamp the way it buys information technology and other high-tech products and services,National Defense magazine reported.

The problem is that DOD’s system for buying tanks and airplanes is too slow when used to buy IT, said Tim Harp, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for IT acquisition. Too often technology is out of date by the time it reaches soldiers in the field, he said.

Harp was speaking at the Precision Strike Association conference and said he intends to create a“world-class environment” for procurement.

Reader Comments

Thu, Sep 3, 2009 Fred Tucson AZ

The biggest problem with DoD acquisition across the board is that it is a process guided by 20 + year old policies and procedures. Sadly, there appears to be no push to change or update those existing policies and procedures. Also the experience and diligence level of some of today’s contracting officers is dismal to say the least.

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