The defense industry is never shy about urging the Pentagon to move faster when buying everything from equipment to weapons.
But this week, two top Pentagon acquisition officials turned the tables, saying that defense firms are moving too slowly themselves.
First came James Smith, the acquisition executive for U.S.Special Operations Command.
“As I get all sorts of great authorities from Congress and from [the Office of the Secretary of Defense] to move faster, we’re seeing some of our industry partners that are not moving as fast,” Smith said Wednesday at the National Defense Industrial Association SO/LIC conference. “If I’m going to move faster, I need you to move faster as well.”
He alluded to bureaucratic delays at larger firms.