DoD Procurement Chief: Acquisition Programs Stuck in Cycle of Failure

February 6, 2012

The Pentagon's weapon procurement woes are well known. They are mentioned in countless speeches and blue-ribbon studies, but never successfully tackled, said the Defense Department's acting acquisitions chief Frank Kendall.

"I keep giving the same speech and talking about the same things," Kendall said Feb. 6 in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"There's a certain 'Groundhog Day' feel to this," Kendall said.

A combination of an entrenched culture, management incompetence and bad contractor performance has snowballed over the past decades into an avalanche of embarrassing program failures. 

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