Rep. Mac Thornberry discusses defense acquisition reform proposals
Before crafting the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress intends to review the Pentagon acquisition system, known in large part for its protracted and expensive decision-making processes. Congress is now shifting its focus to establishing greater agility in the acquisitions system. With an eye toward streamlining the process in the face of rapid technological change, new legislation will seek to encourage more experimentation and prototyping early in the development cycle, as well as simplifying and shortening the process.
On March 15, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted a discussion on defense acquisition reform and a new reform bill. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke on the issue. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, author of “The Future of Land Warfare,” moderated the discussion.
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If Trump and his group hoped that this kind of tough talk would make the North Koreans nervous, and make them come back with their tail between their legs — no, that’s just not the way they work. This is a stupid move. By pushing North Korea away, in such an in-your-face way, he’s pushing them to work separately with the South Koreans and the Chinese.
Timing the pull-out to the exact moment North Korea was publicly doing Trump a favor looked like an intentional burn. This was a slap in the face against Kim [Jong-un].