During a press conference on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD-A&S) Ellen Lord announced Department of Defense’s (DoD) latest efforts to overhaul how it intends to procure weapons, goods and services—with an emphasis on speed from design to fielding and on cutting operations and maintenance costs. Additionally, on August 13, 2020, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD-R&E) Michael Kratsios committed to “doubling“ efforts to work more closely with nontraditional commercial suppliers, most notably startup companies, to help the DoD strengthen and maintain the nation’s position as the global leader in emerging technologies.
Both developments suggest considerable pathways for commercial innovators of these new technologies to work with the DoD in furtherance of its acquisition and R&D priorities.
New DoD Acquisition Reform Initiative—AAF
According to Undersecretary Lord, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new approach, called the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF), will be
A “program integration council” run by the Space and Missile Systems Center will include representatives from DoD space-buying agencies and the National Reconnaissance Office.
WASHINGTON — The Space Force announced in June that one of its major field organizations will be an acquisition command that will unify the current mishmash of agencies that handle space programs.
The new organization, the Space Systems Command, has not yet been stood up. In the meantime, representatives from several space buying agencies will be meeting regularly in an informal “program integration council” led by the Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.
“We want to make sure that there’s alignment across programs,” Col. Dennis Bythewood, the Space and Missile Systems Center’s director of special programs, told SpaceNews in an interview.
The integration council is run by the Space and Missile Systems Center. It includes representatives from agencies that operate independently from the Space Force