The Army’s leadership has taken a number of bold steps to reform its sclerotic acquisition system. Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley have set very ambitious goals for a revamped acquisition system. Secretary Esper has spoken of reducing the time it takes to formulate requirements from an average of five years to just one. General Milley wants new capabilities ten times more lethal than those they replace. As aggressive as the Army acquisition reform program has been, it could be bolder still. I have written about additional steps the Army should take to improve its acquisition system for RealClearDefense here.
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