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DoD Agencies Lauded for Acquisition Innovation

By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2002 – Six DoD organizations received the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award in a Pentagon ceremony today.

"The nine months just past have been characterized by grief, pride, resolve, mobilization, military offensive, campaign victory, and the realization that this worthiest of struggles will be protracted and costly," Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Pete Aldridge said at the ceremony.

This realization brings with it the need for dedication, innovation and vision by selfless Americans in the service of their country, he said.

Aldridge noted that last year's Packard Award ceremony took place on Sept. 10. "That award ceremony would prove to be the eve of war," he said. Since then, "the order of the day has been change and uncertainty; its imperatives have been adaptability and imagination."

This year's winners are: 

  • The Joint Biological Point Defense System Integrated Product Team, led by the Army, for the accelerated deployment of a biological detection system after Sept. 11.

    "The speed and efficiency with which the Army team reconfigured and deployed their Joint Biological Point Defense System has not only served the cause of counterterrorism, it has demonstrated the Army's versatility and adaptability in wartime," Aldridge said.  

  • The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile System Program, led by the Air Force, for its teaming arrangements with industry and other government agencies, providing the conventional long-range, air-launched cruise missile in one-third the time and at half the unit price of comparable programs. 


  • The U.S. Special Operations Command, for its implementation of innovative acquisition approaches in developing the Multirole Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System. 


  • The Geosynchronous Lightweight Technology Experiment Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office, for superior program management and innovative acquisition practices in developing and deploying the GeoLITE satellite. DoD officials have said the system "may revolutionize space-based communications."

    Aldridge said it "graphically demonstrates the potential of laser communications in a cost-effective manner."  

  • The Theater High Altitude Area Defense Logistics Team of the Missile Defense Agency, for developing several innovations that potentially reduce operation and support costs throughout the system's service life.

    "(They) adapted pit-stop technology from the auto racing world to solve the problems of reduced repair times and transportation footprint," the undersecretary said.  

  • The Pentagon Renovation Program Team, Aldridge said, win the "most bittersweet of today's awards" for its outstanding results in ongoing Pentagon renovation efforts.

    "Theirs is the largest-ever Packard Award team -- 433 in all," he said. "The innovation and risk management they showed during the repair of this American icon offers an object lesson in resolve to countrymen and enemies alike."  

The undersecretary explained the Packard Award recognizes teams and organizations for demonstrated exemplary innovation and best practices within the acquisition community.

Nomination criteria include: reduction of life-cycle costs; making the acquisition system more efficient, responsive and timely; integrating defense with a commercial base and commercial practices; promoting continuous improvement of the acquisition process; and accomplishing specific goals associated with acquisition reform initiatives.

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