Scott Maucione, defense reporter at Federal News Network, discusses the Air Force’s plan for future business practices, and the “Shark Tank” pitch model that the service is testing.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is stepping down from her role, and will depart the Pentagon by May 31. However, the Air Force is continuing the programs and priorities that she endorses. Scott Maucione, defense reporter at Federal News Network, says that the branch’s focus on finding efficiencies isn’t new, but they’re approaching the issue with more enthusiasm than before. “I think what they’re going to be getting out of it is, they’ve seen all these reports from GAO and everything else. You can save $125 billion and all that kind of stuff. I think finding those efficiencies is the hardest part. Secretary Mattis putting an emphasis that was Pentagon-wide on that probably is going to add a little bit more oomph to it,” Maucione said. “I think what’s going to be helpful is the technology. If they can harness that big data, the small little things that save jet fuel… procurement and acquisition has of tons of waste in it. If they can actually drill down on those high risk things like the GAO came out with, they can actually save some real money.”