Duties and Responsibilities of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition: Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, First Session, September 17, 22, and 23, 1987

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988 - United States - 114 pages
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Page 98 - It serves under the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense, with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in accordance with policies and priorities established by the Director of Central Intelligence.
Page 5 - General McCoNNELL. Yes; we do. He is our Public Affairs Officer. Senator MONTOYA. Yes ; I went to school with him. Say hello to him. General MCCONNELL. I will, sir. Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I welcome the opportunity to report to you on the work being performed in the North Pacific Division and to present our budget request for fiscal year 1974. Although I was assigned as Division Engineer only last December, I am not a newcomer to the area for I served as District Engineer of the Seattle...
Page 85 - A very famous commentator on the social scene once said, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...
Page 67 - He should be a Level II Presidential appointee and should have a solid industrial background in the management of complex technical programs. The new Under Secretary should be the Defense Acquisition Executive. As such, he should supervise the performance of the entire acquisition system and set overall policy for R&D, procurement, logistics, and testing.
Page 87 - As a result, all too many of our weapon systems cost too much, take too long to develop, and, by the time they are fielded, incorporate obsolete technology.
Page 3 - Excellence in defense management will not and can not emerge by legislation or directive. Excellence requires the opposite -- responsibility and authority placed firmly in the hands of those at the working level, who have knowledge and enthusiasm for the tasks at hand.
Page 66 - ... needed reforms, I urge the Congress to show restraint in the use of more legislation as a solution to our current problems. The Commission identified the need for a full-time defense acquisition executive with a solid industrial background. This executive would set overall policy for procurement and research and development, supervise the performance of the entire acquisition system, and establish policy for the oversight of defense contractors. I concur with this recommendation.
Page 83 - ... reliability measures that I have outlined reflect the Army's goal to provide our soldiers the best system possible within reasonable cost to our nation. Sir, this completes my overview of the Bradley fighting vehicle program. I am prepared to answer any of your questions at this time. Mr. ROWLAND. Thank you very much and, again, thank you all for being here and sharing your thoughts with us. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. BENNETT. Could I inquire? Mr. STRATTON. Yes. The gentleman is recognized....
Page 136 - ... fire to the mounted combat infantry squad. The M3 is a lightly armored, full track vehicle providing the cross-country mobility and vehicular mounted firepower necessary for armored cavalry and battalion scout...
Page 110 - I think it would be a good thing both from the point of view of publicity and from the point of view of getting DOD's attention on some of these problems.

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