Provisions to slow the growth of operating and support costs in acquisitions programs may be part of the reforms coming in the 2017 Defense authorization bill.
During a Feb. 3 House Armed Services Committee hearing, former Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale said controlling O&S spending is so important it should be “the next frontier for acquisition reform.”
At the end of the hearing Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told Hale he received his message loud and clear on O&S costs and how to arrest them.
O&S consists of sustainment costs from the deployment of a system through the end of its use. Those costs can include anything from fuel to maintenance, modernization to manpower and depot maintenance to supplies.
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