Experts Call for Better Training of Warzone Contracting Officers

March 23, 2012

The Defense Department needs to better train warzone contracting officers as well as the military staffs that work with them, two former DoD procurement officials said Friday.

Military exercises do not incorporate contracting operations and needs, and general officers are not trained on how to work with their contracting officers, Jacques Gansler, former undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said at the National Contact Management Association's aerospace and defense conference here.

Contracting officers also should be better managed in the warzone, said Darryl Scott, who served from 2006 to 2008 as commander of Joint Contracting Command for Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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