Managing the Acquisition Envirnment in Challenging Times

On Monday, June 17th, the Greater Baltimore Chapter hosted Elliott Branch, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition Procurement) and National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) President to be their guest speaker at the Electronics Museum.  Mr. Branch’s topic was “Managing the Acquisition Environment in Challenging Times.”  He shared up some of the discussion ongoing in the Pentagon today on how to get costs under control.  Do we stand down current capabilities, take away from our readiness or modernization, or extract from our efficiencies?  Mr. Branch takes the stand that before compromising modernization we need to focus on our soft expenses; services.  He suggested evaluating the value of the outputs our contracted services provide to determine their validity.

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