House Panel to Defense: Simplify Acquisition Process

March 23, 2012

The Pentagon should focus on simplifying the acquisition process while increasing the number of companies that can compete for contracts, according to recommendations from a congressional panel report released Tuesday.

The House Armed Services Committee's Panel on Business Challenges in the Defense Industry unveiled its 44 recommendations on how the government can improve the business environment after roughly six months of hearings, field forums and research.

"Without some longer-term vision for the defense industrial base from the Pentagon, given the future restrictions on the budget, we could face a period where you start to see this defense industrial base begin to wither away," Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., the panel's ranking minority member, said Wednesday at a news conference. "These businesses may not go away, they'll just go do something else and lose their capability to work with the Pentagon because it's just too much work." 

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