ACC Executive Industry Council stresses common goal: meeting warfighter requirements
August 2, 2011
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala."Army Contracting Command’s Executive Industry Council gathered here July 28 to discuss contracting innovations and best practices targeted at improving contracting business processes.
About 30 senior Army contracting officials and industry executives met to hold "frank and open discussion between military contracting officials and industry partners that, in the end, will benefit the Soldier in the field," said Jeff Parsons, ACC executive director.
"Meetings like this are very important for the contractors and our customers because, at the end of the day, our end goals are the same"meeting the warfighter’s requirements for goods and services," Parsons said.
Agenda topics included source selection, undefinitized contract actions, foreign military sales and award fee clauses. The meeting concluded with a series of open-forum panel discussions.
"We had very meaningful discussions about ways to improve our relationships and processes," Parsons said. "We have a list of action items for follow-up within ACC as well as with our contracting teammates, and we left with a short list of topics to consider for our next meeting."
The ACC Industry Executive Council first met in February 2010 at Fort Belvoir, Va. According to the council’s vision statement, the group "seeks to build partnerships between industry and government and continually improve the business processes required to ensure the most rapid and cost-effective delivery of the highest quality premier weapon systems, and equipment to the U.S. Army." Its membership includes large and small business executives and senior Army contracting officers and ACC leadership.