Changes to the Defense Acquisition Process in 2020

January 22, 2020


In December the 2020 Defense Authorization Act was signed into law bringing with it changes to the defense acquisition process. The Federal News Network highlights three areas the acquisition provisions will affect

According to a recent article by the Federal News Network:

Intellectual Property

“DoD released a new IP strategy in the fall that made its policies more flexible.” Says FNN. “The 2020 NDAA gives DoD more leeway in experimenting with that policy by creating a pilot program on intellectual property evaluation.”

According to FFN, the DoD hopes that this program will help them to “understand the development of cost-effective IP strategies, assess and manage the value of IP during acquisition and sustainment and to use commercial products as an alternative to building products from scratch.”

Middle-tier acquisition

FNN says that middle-tier acquisition is popular in the military right now and the DoD uses it to procure items faster. “The method allows for rapid prototyping and fielding within five years, as long as certain criteria are met.”

The DoD was supposed to establish guidance for processes and metrics for mid-tier acquisition six months after the 2016 NDAA, but has yet to do so which in turn has affected oversight.

Defense Civilian Training Corps

According to FNN “The 2020 NDAA establishes a Defense Civilian Training Corps” that is designed to target skill gaps in the DoD

The Defense Civilian Training Corps was meant to train civilians for public service in the DoD. FNN explained that “the defense secretary has until Feb 15, 2020 to deliver a plan and schedule for the implementation of the corps at an accredited civilian educational institution.”

To read more about the three changes to the defense acquisition process that FNN highlights, click here.