DOD: Industry Partnerships Still Central Despite Budget Cuts

January 6, 2012

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Although the Defense Department is going to be operating under sharply reduced budgets in coming years, it will continue to rely on the private sector, according to a top acquisition official.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said in a conference call held Jan. 6 that the department had convened a joint DOD-private sector task force to determine the potential effects on industry of impending budget cuts and the military drawdown in Southwest Asia.

The task force has helped guide some of DOD's strategy outlined Jan. 5 by President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Kendall indicated. He was optimistic despite a new report from the task force that revealed worries over the projected spending decreases. 

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