Rep. Mac Thornberry, a frontrunner to become chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, was among those who signed the letters. (Rob Curtis/Staff)
On Friday senior congressional leaders released a string of letters they had sent to industry groups on Monday, letters that ask for input on reforming the Defense Department.
The top democrat and republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and House Armed Services Committee (HASC) signed the letters to nine groups in total, including the Aerospace Industries Association, National Defense Industrial Association, Tech America, and the Professional Services Council. The letters were also signed by the frontrunner for the HASC gavel next year, Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry, R.-Texas.
The congressional leaders requested ideas for fixes to eight areas of the defense acquisition system including reducing cost, speeding up delivery time, increasing oversight, and improving the acquisition workforce.
As we look for opportunities to improve the DoD acquisition system, it is important to seek and consider a variety of views, including the views of the defense industry and industry organizations, the letter read.
The committees are asking for responses by July 10.