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TechNet International 2006
Quote of the Day:
"Any requirement not based on the joint operating concept will run into heavy weather."
—Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., USN, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., USN, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, kicks off TechNet 2006 with Monday’s plenary address.
TechNet International 2006, AFCEA International’s annual conference and exposition being held June 19-20 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., began with an address by the second-highest ranking military officer in the U.S. Defense Department. Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., USN, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a crowded audience at the Monday morning plenary session how communications and information sharing play key roles in enabling jointness.
The Defense Department is changing the way it approaches acquisition of information technology and systems. But these changes are not merely procedural. Adm. Giambastiani explained that cultural changes are among the most important elements of a new approach to acquisition. Much of this work involves process engineering.
He called for efforts to identify which military regulations are driving acquisition costs, along with their magnitude. Key performance parameters often are not cost-drivers, the admiral pointed out. For effective acquisition reform, planners must understand the cost drivers.