- Improving the credibility and effectiveness of the acquisition and support process. This includes cutting the time and cost of building new weapons systems and putting the real cost of new projects in the budget.
- Revitalizing the quality and morale of the acquisition workforce. The Pentagon will use special hiring authorities granted by Congress to recruit acquisition experts with science backgrounds, Aldridge said. At Defense, the average age of acquisition workers is in the mid-40s, and more than half will be eligible for retirement between 2005 and 2007.
- Aligning weapon systems and infrastructure with a new Defense strategy being developed by Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
- Pushing next-generation technologies that will ensure military dominance. Defense has increased spending on research and development to 3 percent of the fiscal 2002 Pentagon budget, a 20 percent increase from current levels.
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