By Ms. Karen Diane Kurtz (ASA (ALT)) and Steven Y. Lusher (JPEO CBRND PAO)October 8, 2018
WASHINGTON (October 8, 2018) -- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Dr. Bruce D. Jette, reminded a standing room only audience that "today's modernization is tomorrow's readiness," during opening remarks at a panel discussion on how the "Army Futures Command Unifies Force Modernization," at the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Jette joined panel host, Gen. John M. Murray, Commanding General, U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), and panel members Under Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy and Trae Stephens, a Partner at Founders Fund, in demonstrating a show of unity for AFC across the Army, especially among acquisition, requirements, and investments.
Defining his role as the Secretary of the Army's representative for all acquisition, logistics, and technology matters, Jette said his organization "has moved out quickly to enable initiatives designed to meet the Army's modernization priorities," noting that the direct relationships established between ASA(ALT) program managers and AFC cross functional teams has been a "very positive interaction to provide clear focus and technical insights to achieve rapid acquisition."
"In all things we need to reduce the acquisition timeline to provide product to Soldiers," Jette continued.
He said that Congress has given the Army great authority to put in place an agile acquisition framework, specifically mentioning the following initiatives:
• Expanding delegations of decision authority;
• Improving how we educate and train the acquisition workforce;
• Leveraging Other Transaction Authority and other smart contracting authorities and approaches; and
• Evaluating our progress through metrics.
Jette said, "This is an exciting time for our Army," noting that the role of the acquisition community is to be responsive. "That's how we stay focused," he concluded.