Pentagon acquisition reforms begin to pay off

Changes that the Defense Department has made to its acquisition and business practices over the past few years have begun to pay off, according to a report in Defense News.

Citing an unidentified Pentagon official, the article reports that 69 percent of the Pentagon's programs are now beating their baselines for unit costs, saving money compared to a few years before.

"Asking the services to do their affordability analysis, that's made a big difference," the official continued. DoD has become more serious and structured over time, the official said.

The official's assessment was based on a new set of Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR) released March 19. Perhaps the most dramatic result tracked in those reports is the $7.7 billion cost reduction for the F-35 joint strike fighter.

See the full report, including more results from the SARs, at

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