DOD directive will speed acquisition process

DOD directive will speed acquisition process

The Defense Department is revamping the way it buys weapons and technology to speed procurement and underscore product performance and interoperability.

Under a new departmentwide directive, DOD streamlined the chain of command in making acquisitions and set policies to give managers more say in buying decisions.

'These new policies are a critical step forward in acquisition reform because they provide the program manager with far more flexibility than ever before,' said Jacques Gansler, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

The directive allows trade-offs between cost and performance, and encourages managers to consider commercial over custom products.

The directive also calls for a streamlined management structure within acquisition programs. The management structure starts with a program manager and program executive officer, and leads to the assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence.

The policy calls for no more than two levels of review between a program manager and the executive or group of executives with milestone decision authority.

The policies are described in DOD Directive 5000.1, DOD Instruction 5000.2 and DOD Interim Regulation Memo 5000.2-R. They are posted on the Web at

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