WASHINGTON – The IT Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS), a division of ITI, released the following statement today from Senior Vice President for the Public Sector Trey Hodgkins on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). As lawmakers prepare to vote on this measure, Hodgkins lauded provisions in the bill to reorganize the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Office of the Undersecretary Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics into two separate but equally important positions, drive new technology advances into the DOD, and further the Third Offset strategy for U.S. military competitiveness:
"Policymakers have made it clear they want to get the most modern technology into the armed forces hands to keep our competitive edge against emerging threats, but the government’s arcane acquisition system often chases away new innovations. The NDAA can help open the door to new innovations by recognizing the difference between driving cutting edge research and purchasing goods and services by reorganizing those functions into two separate undersecretary level positions. That could prove to be a shrewd move as the military finds itself engaging more and more in the quickly evolving battleground of cyberspace. The NDAA also continues the emerging Third Offset strategy to keep the U.S. military's competitive edge. We are eager to work with the new administration to achieve the promise of the Third Offset to integrate and deploy the latest technologies and to change mindsets to adopt innovation with speed, skill, and scale."
ITAPS has been a strong proponent for modernizing the Department of Defense’s technologies, especially through the NDAA to drive further acquisition reforms throughout the federal government to adopt the latest innovations in cybersecurity, efficiency, and productivity.
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