Pentagon Moves Closer to Requirements Overhaul

March 29, 2012

The Pentagon is wrapping up a major revision of how it develops requirements for new weapons with the ultimate goal of getting systems onto the battlefield faster.

Changes to the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) process will now take cost and technological maturity factors into account, according to Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acting acquisition executive.

Kendall laid out some of the changes to the process in his written answers to policy questions from the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, which is reviewing his nomination to be undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Kendall appeared before the committee on March 29. 

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