In recent years, congressional and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders have realized the necessity for acquisition reform, and have shown a commitment to improve the Defense Acquisition System. To aid this effort NDIA, in 2014, published Pathways to Transformation, a report that recommended system improvements, many of which have been proposed or enacted into law in some form. The report established guiding principles for further acquisition reform efforts, including:
- Authority and accountability: Provide acquisition decision makers with the authority to make real decisions, and hold them accountable for those decisions.
- Match requirements to resources: Match the resources invested in the Defense Acquisition System to the requirements placed upon it, and vice versa.
- Evidence-based decision making: Make decisions about how to design the Defense Acquisition System based on data and evidence.
While the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016 included many improvements to the acquisition system, and the 2017 version has proposed more, there is still a lot of work to be done. NDIA has continued to work with Congress and DoD through our ongoing Acquisition Reform Initiative.