Instead of blowing up the Pentagon chief weapons buyer’s office, lawmakers will consider renaming it and creating a new chief technology officer charged with advancing technology and innovation.
Lawmakers negotiating on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act agreed to the compromise language just as conferees are expected to sign off on the conference report for the legislation this week. It was first reported by Bloomberg on Monday and confirmed to Defense News by a source with knowledge of the talks.
The House and Senate are expected to vote on the annual defense policy bill this week.
The compromise plan would refashion the Pentagon office for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) into an office of acquisition and sustainment (AT&S), and create a new undersecretary for research and engineering (R&E), with implementation of the new positions deferred until February 2018.
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