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Release No: 211-98
May 05, 1998


Secretary of Defense William Cohen presented the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to five Department of Defense teams during Acquisition Reform Week III kickoff activities in the Pentagon Courtyard yesterday. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes DoD civilian and/or military organizations, groups and teams who have made highly significant contributions and demonstrated exemplary innovations and best practices in the Defense acquisition process.

The U. S. Marine Corps and the Department of the Navy advanced amphibious assault vehicle program team received a Packard Award for achieving significant reductions in total ownership cost through the implementation of cost as an independent variable, integrated product and process development, and virtual prototyping. The Department of the Army's purchase card program team received a Packard Award for its dedicated efforts to re-engineer the acquisition process, providing tools for Army personnel to make purchases better, faster and cheaper.

The integrated program management initiative joint team received the Packard Award for implementing a shift in earned value management ownership and responsibility from government to industry creating a recognized international best practice. The Department of the Navy's new attack submarine program office is the first major program to implement the integrated product and process development method for complex warship system development and design, and was recognized with a Packard Award. The U.S. Special Operations Command's naval special warfare rigid inflatable boat program team received the award for pioneering revolutionary test and evaluation methods to fulfill naval special warfare's urgent need for a combatant craft system.

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.

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