Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, seen here speaking in March, says the Pentagon must reform its acquisition system as budgets shrink. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee is embarking on a two-year project to study how to finally improve Pentagon weapons program management.
Vice Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said changes are needed because as Pentagon budgets shrink “there is no margin for error” in developing and buying new military systems.
Thornberry was vague about just what the committee effort might produce, suggesting legislation might not be the result of what could be a two-year project.
Over the past 50 years, there have been hundreds of defense acquisition reform studies. But few of the thousands of recommendations produced have been implemented. And the ones that have appear to have made little improvements.