Achieving the Promises of Defense Acquisition Reform
Recorded on March 26, 2009
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
President Obama's recent Presidential Memorandum on defense
contracting and the introduction of the Levin-McCain legislation in
the Senate to curb acquisition costs have renewed the discussion of
defense acquisition reform. Attempts at reform are nothing
new. Over 100 studies have been convened in the past 40 years
to address challenges within the defense acquisition process.
Unfortunately, many of these attempts have merely become historical
footnotes instead of having a substantive and lasting impact.
What are realistic and actionable steps Congress may take this year
to help reform the defense acquisition process and lower the cost
of overall programs? What role do international export
controls have to play in the reform process? Join us as our
panelists address this enduring debate and offer their insights for
the way forward.