January 13, 2014
Credit: A1C Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force
Beware U.S. defense program managers and contracting officials: Your name is on a list.
The Pentagon's acquisition czar keeps a chart in his office of defense programs and their current and past managers; it just one of the subtle, albeit significant, personnel-oriented changes that are being pursued in what is dawning as a new era of acquisition reform. While the latest effort to rein in the sprawling defense acquisition complex is almost certain to have new lawmaking and regulations accompanying it, some as early as this year, what sets this initiative apart so far is a growing focus on individuals.