The Pentagon’s acquisition chief vowed on Thursday that the Defense Department will get to work immediately on a sweeping revamp of DoD’s practices and policies for buying and building software.
After a year of study and under a directive from Congress, the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) drafted 26 separate recommendations to fix DoD software acquisition, including 10 “primary” recommendations. Members presented their findings at a public board meeting on Thursday.
At the meeting, Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment, explicitly endorsed several of the DIB’s suggestions, including that the Pentagon needs entirely separate software acquisition pathways, distinct from its traditional hardware-centric rules.
She said her office had already begun rewriting DoD’s primary acquisition policy document, Instruction 5000.02, to achieve that end.
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