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S. 1271: Defense Acquisition Decision Making Streamlining Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of May 1, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1271


May 1, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services


To provide for pilot programs to streamline decision-making process for weapon systems.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Defense Acquisition Decision Making Streamlining Act of 2019.


Pilot programs to streamline decision-making process for weapon systems


Candidate acquisition programs


In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, each Service Acquisition Executive shall recommend to the Secretary of Defense at least one major defense acquisition program for a skunk works pilot program as described in the Department of Defense’s Better Buying Power 3.0 memorandum. Each pilot program should include tailored measures to streamline the entire milestone decision process, with the results evaluated and reported for potential wider use.



Each pilot program selected pursuant to paragraph (1) shall include the following elements:


Delineating the appropriate information needed to support milestone decisions, assuring program accountability and oversight, which should be based on the business case principles needed for well-informed milestone decisions, including user-defined requirements, reasonable acquisition and life-cycle cost estimates, and a knowledge-based acquisition plan for maturing technologies, stabilizing the program design, and ensuring key manufacturing processes are in control.


Developing an efficient process for providing this information to the milestone decision authority by—


minimizing any reviews between the program office and the different functional staff offices within each chain of command level; and


establishing frequent, regular interaction between the program office and milestone decision makers, in lieu of documentation reviews, to help expedite the process.



Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment shall provide to the congressional defense committees an informal briefing detailing—


the acquisition programs selected pursuant to subsection (a);


the associated action plans, including timelines, for each program; and


the manner in which each program conforms to the requirements set forth in subsection (a)(2).


Congressional defense committees defined

In this section, the term congressional defense committees has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(16) of title 10, United States Code.