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AIA Report Urges Positive Defense Acquisition Reform

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Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
: 13 February, 2009  (Company News)
The defense acquisition system should be improved to make it fair, reasonable and flexible, according to a new report from the Aerospace Industries Association.
The report, “U.S. Defense Acquisition: An Agenda for Positive Reform,” recommends the new administration and Congress consider rational reform of the current system and avoid specific complex and unique government acquisition processes that were unsuccessful in the past.

Supporting America’s men and women in uniform is one of the most important functions of the aerospace and defense industry, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said.

“This report is industry’s blueprint to be a constructive voice and partner with the government in achieving that goal,” said Blakey. “To produce the best military equipment at the best value, we need a strong industrial base, an experienced acquisition workforce, well-defined requirements and budget realism.”

The report recommends that the new administration and Congress focus on three overarching themes this year:

· Stability and fairness in contracting and financial policies

· Reform of the major elements of the defense acquisition system

· Competitiveness and efficiency of the aerospace and defense industry.

The requirements for national security are enormous, with threats from many sources along with the need to modernize our equipment. In today’s resource-strapped environment, industry takes its role to be a responsible acquisition partner seriously, Blakey said.

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