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The Pentagon’s Acquisition and Sustainment Office, known as A&S, has not had an under secretary to lead it since January. A&S makes it possible for cutting-edge warfighting capabilities to be delivered to troops, which is a challenge without a confirmed under secretary.

  • Jeffrey Bialos, partner at Eversheds Sutherland and former deputy under secretary of defense for industrial affairs at the Defense Department, said the next under secretary will have limited time in office so should focus on program outcomes to bring national security solutions to warfighters, as opposed to systemic policy changes.
  • Bialos said the acquisition system needs a leader to make decisions and that the lack of an under secretary has slowed the ability to align acquisition program work with policies.
  • Bialos said the department should find out how well experimental programs, such as Other Transaction Authorities, are working.

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