On Friday, Oct. 17, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre presented the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology R. Noel Longuemare for his extensive work and success in improving the Department of Defense acquisition corps' efficiency. The award was presented during the semi-annual Program Executive Officers/Systems Commanders' Conference at Ft. Belvoir, Va.
Mr. Longuemare is credited with numerous acquisition reform achievements during his four-year tenure in the Department. His efforts have made Integrated Product Teams a highly effective mode of operation at all levels in defense acquisition; opened new possibilities for cost effectiveness by treating costs as an independent variable; and expanded the application of a performance based business environment among his many other achievements.
The Packard Award, the Department's highest acquisition award, is named in honor of the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense during the Nixon administration. He was also the co-founder and chairman of the Hewlett-Parkard Company and chairman of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management chartered by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. Packard was a strong advocate of excellence in defense acquisition practices. The purpose of the award is to recognize the efforts of Department of Defense civilian and military members, organizations, groups or teams, who have made highly significant contributions which demonstrate exemplary innovation and best acquisition practices.