Focus: The Year Ahead
The defense acquisition process has been under constant criticism for decades. Many efforts have been made to reform it, and some of these have borne fruit. However, legacy problems in acquisition have been joined by new challenges brought about by the increased use of commercial off-the-shelf technologies and capabilities. The defense community recognizes that the private sector can develop and bring to market vital technologies on its own faster than through the defense acquisition process, but effectively taking advantage of that ability remains elusive. SIGNAL’s January 2014 issue examines some possible solutions for defense acquisition reform.
- The Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative aims to gain greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending to influence acquisition well into the future.
- Amid concerns that the U.S. Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) is not doing enough to improve its acquisition approaches, changes are in the works to improve procurement during future events.
- A disruptive approach to acquisition may be the solution for long-sought reform.
Focus: Defense Economics
As 2014 begins, questions outnumber expectations. The budget turmoil that has gripped the United States, coupled with the economic uncertainties affecting Free World nations around the globe, has clouded many crystal balls in the defense community. The changes currently taking place in defense economics are far greater than those that occurred at the end of the Cold War more than 20 years ago, and they may rival those that took place after World War II. SIGNAL Magazine’s January 2014 issue opens the new year with a look at what these changes in defense economics are and what they may mean for the community as well as for the Free World.
- A recent analysis of the 2014 U.S. defense budget by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments assesses the key issues that may arise in coming months.
- Industry leaders who served on active duty weigh in with recommendations on improving efficiencies in defense economics.
- The outlook for defense economics in Europe and Asia varies from country to country.
The January 2014 issue of SIGNAL includes more content covering traditional and new areas of interest:
- A recent U.S. Army robotics challenge identified issues facing the service’s efforts to increase the presence of tactical robots on the battlefield.