The Army is leading the way in acquisition reform within DoD’s
broad transformation of defense acquisition policies and procedures.
The Army’s FCS program may prove to be the largest DoD acquisition
effort that fully embraces the concepts of evolutionary acquisition
and spiral development – leveraging the potential of rapid
advancement within individual technologies by allowing for changes
within programs as technologies mature.
The FCS program is evolutionary in its design and incorporates periodic
blocked improvements within its 19 systems – the Objective
Force Soldier and 18 manned and unmanned systems. Within these 19
systems are 540 spirally developing technologies. The Army’s
use of a Lead System Integrator (LSI) enables a “best of the
best” approach to selection from competing industry efforts.
Our unprecedented partnership with DARPA ensures the FCS effort
leverages that agency’s DoD-wide perspective and resources
to produce the best capability and value for the Joint Force.
The Army continues to revise its acquisition policies and applicable
regulatory guidance. On October 3, 2001, The Army approved an acquisition
reorganization that transferred control of all acquisition program
management to the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE) and eliminated
duplication of effort in two major Army commands. Effective October
2002, twelve Program Executive Officers (PEO) report to the Army
Acquisition Executive, and their subordinate PEOs assumed management
of all Army acquisition programs, regardless of Acquisition Category.
The plan ensures that there is only one chain of authority for acquisition
programs within The Army. In addition, the plan clearly holds Program
Managers responsible and accountable for the life cycle management
of their assigned programs.
We have also transformed the way we conduct business through the
organization of the Army Contracting Agency (ACA) that realigns
our previously decentralized installation and information technology
contracting processes into one organization. Responsible for all
contracts over $500K and tasked to eliminate redundant contracts,
ACA leverages Army-wide requirements to achieve economies of scale.
ACA supports Army Transformation efforts by aligning all base support
contracting into a single organization that best supports installation
management transformation. All of these initiatives use information
technology to leverage enterprise-wide buying capabilities. Additionally,
ACA will act as the single coordinating element and form the base
from which to deploy contingency-contracting, operational support
to the warfighting commands. The Army Contracting Agency and other
contracting activities will continue to support small business awards
in the outstanding manner it did in FY02.