Many of the changes have focused on the front end of the acquisition process, according to Nancy Spruill, director of acquisition resources and analysis in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
"The department is committed to making trade-offs among cost, schedule and performance to significantly reduce cost growth in major defense acquisition programs," Spruill
told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.
The law, which legislators have described as the most significant change to the Pentagon's
purchasing system in two decades, addressed the ballooning cost of Defense weapons system acquisitions.
For example, it includes a provision that presumes any weapon program that exceeds its original costs by more than 25 percent will be terminated.
If the program is not canceled, then it must be restructured and reviewed again.
To reduce the risk of cost overruns, additional reviews will be conducted early in the process, scrutinizing the schedule, cost limitations and technological maturity of major weapon programs, Spruill
The department also has increased the size and capabilities of its cost estimating staff and is using contract fee structures that are better tied to delivered accomplishments, she
"We believe these steps will result in more thoughtfully structured programs that reinforce our stated preference for an evolutionary acquisition approach," Spruill