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Sustainment and Logistics in Better Buying Power

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Author: David J. Berteau

Berteau is Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. He is responsible for ensuring logistics support to the United States Armed Forces.,/p>

From the first issuance of Better Buying Power (BBP) in 2010, its key sustainment initiative has focused on Performance-Based Logistics (PBL). With the updated guidance for BBP 3.0 issued April 9, it is worth expanding the view of these updated initiatives through the sustainment prism. This article finds that sustainment permeates the entire set of BBP initiatives and offers substantial contributions to its overall theme of “Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Excellence and Innovation.” Sustainment also underpins the earlier focus of BBP on affordability, on should cost, and on smarter ways to procure services and increasing the professionalism of the workforce. Let’s look at how sustainment does that.

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Technological Superiority and Better Buying Power 3.0

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Author: Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Frank KendallEach morning I start my day with a half hour or more devoted to reading the latest intelligence.

I’ve been doing this for about four-and-a-half years now. It took me only a few weeks from the time I came back into government in March 2010 to realize that we had a serious problem. Some of the countries that might be future adversaries, (or that could at least be counted on to sell their weapons to countries that are our adversaries) were clearly developing sophisticated weapons designed to defeat the United States’ power-projection forces. Even if war with the United States were unlikely or unintended, it was quite obvious to me that the foreign investments I saw in military modernization had the objective of enabling the countries concerned to deter regional intervention by the American military.

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Better Buying Power A Progress Assessment from the Defense Acquisition Executive

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Frank Kendall, The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

We are now four years since Dr. Carter and I began work on the first iteration of Better Buying Power, the label Dr. Carter gave to the original set of policies we promulgated as part of then Secretary Gates’ efficiency initiatives in 2010. In the intervening years, I’ve released the second iteration, or BBP 2.0 as it’s called, and I’ve also recently made some statements in public that BBP 3.0 may be on the horizon. Has all this made a difference? I believe it has, although I’m also certain that we have ample room for additional gains in productivity and other improved outcomes. Despite some comments I’ve made about BBP 3.0, the commitment to the enduring practices and policies from both the original BBP and BBP 2.0 remains. The whole concept of Better Buying Power is of a commitment to continuous incremental improvement; improvement based on experience, pragmatism and analysis of the evidence (i.e., the data). Four years on, as we to begin to consider the next steps we may decide to take, it’s a reasonable time to take a look at what we have done so far.

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The Original Better Buying Power—David Packard Acquisition Rules 1971

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Author: Frank Kendall, The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Frank KendallIn this article, I thought I would give us all a break from our budget woes, sequestration, and continuing resolutions—issues I hope will be resolved before this goes to print.

In 1971, I graduated from West Point. This was also the same year that David Packard, the Packard in Hewlett Packard, who was then the Deputy Secretary of Defense (there was no Under Secretary for Acquisition), published his rules for Defense Acquisition. I wouldn’t say there has been nothing new under the sun since then, but some things do endure.

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Coaching for Better (Software) Buying Power in an Agile World

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Author: Martin Brown

On Nov. 13, 2012, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall unveiled his guidance for improving efficiency and productivity under the Better Buying Power initiative. Better Buying Power 2.0 (BBP 2.0) identifies 36 initiatives under seven focus areas with all being applicable to the acquisition of software and systems.

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