Finley was confirmed as the deputy under secretary of defense (acquisition and technology).
Just to start off, can you give us an overview of the duties and tasks of your position as the deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition and technology?
We have a mandate to improve the competencies in acquisition and technology.
Over the years DSMC has partnered with other organizations for some one-time engagement activities, such as the "European and Transatlantic Armaments Cooperation Symposium" in 1996 sponsored by the French, German, Italian and British Embassies, and endorsed by the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition and Technology
. Another example would be the U.S.-Japan Project Management Seminar conducted in 1998 at the request of the Director, Pacific Armaments Cooperation in the Office of the Director for International Cooperation.
Kaminski, then under secretary of defense for acquisition and technology
, spoke to attendees about the need for an acquisition culture change.
Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has signed DoDD 5134.13, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology
(DUSD(A & T)), effective Oct.
Clearly, this was a major change to the Air Force's acquisition process, but the senior acquisition executive in the Department, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology
), was not consulted.
Ideas presented by Lester, Piore, and others should be researched and related to DoD acquisition and technology activities.
A modified conceptual framework, coupled with the aforementioned reforms, will accelerate transformation within the DoD acquisition and technology community.