Buyer’s Remorse

Defense Department employees have little faith the acquisition process can provide the weapons and equipment troops need.

An October poll of 378 Defense Department employees by the Government Business Council, Government Executive’s research arm, found that few are confident that the acquisition process provides the weapons and equipment the military needs, less than half believe defense industry has the capacity to innovate to ensure U.S. technological superiority, and, perhaps most troubling for military leaders, the vast majority doesn’t think the Pentagon’s premier reform initiative—Better Buying Power—is working.