Army acquisition officials want to speed up the process to issue requests for proposals to defense companies and thus issue contract awards quicker.
Army Lt. Gen. William Phillips, military deputy to the Army’s acquisition executive, said on Feb. 20, 2013 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Winter Symposium that the Army too often drags its feet trying to perfect the draft RFP rather than issue it to companies and receive feedback faster.
“I think in the past, looking over the last three years that I’ve been in this job, we’ve been somewhat hesitant to get the draft RFP out,” Phillips said. “We want to get it better and get it better.”
Instead, the Army needs to “take some risk in that area,” Phillips said. He explained that the Army will have to finish their requirement lists for weapons programs faster to drive down costs.
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