Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Pete Aldridge today presented the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to six Department of Defense teams at a Pentagon ceremony. The Packard Award is given to DoD civilian and/or military organizations, groups and teams who have made highly significant contributions or demonstrated exemplary innovations and best practices in the Defense acquisition process.
The Joint Biological Point Defense System Integrated Product Team, led by the U.S. Army, received the Packard Award for its performance in the accelerated deployment of a biological detection system after Sept. 11. After the deputy secretary of Defense directed deployment to key installations in October 2001, the team reconfigured and deployed JBPDS within less than four weeks, with greater than 99 percent operational availability in continuous operation.
The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile System Program, lead by the U.S. Air Force, received the Packard Award for its innovative teaming arrangements with industry and government agencies, providing the conventional long-range, air-launched cruise missile in one-third of the time and at half the unit price of comparable programs. JASSM provides autonomous precision attack capability against heavily defended, high-value, fixed and relocatable targets, and is designed for launch from U.S. Air Force bombers, and U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft.
The U.S. Special Operations Command received the Packard Award for its implementation of innovative acquisition approaches in developing the Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System. MAAWS is a lightweight, shoulder-fired recoilless rifle system with an extensive family of ammunition, used by U.S. Army and Navy special operations forces in the U.S. Special Operations Command. MAAWS allows direct fire defeat of light armor, fortifications and personnel, along with smoke and illumination capabilities.
The Geosynchronous Lightweight Technology Experiment Program Office of the National Reconnaissance Office received the Packard Award for superior program management and innovative acquisition practices in developing and deploying the GeoLITE satellite, which may revolutionize space-based communications. GeoLITE uses laser communications technologies to increase data throughput to multiple users, and serves as a theater data dissemination system in the Western Pacific region. Placing the experimental and operational payload on the same satellite was a cost-effective method to deliver both capabilities.
The Theater High Altitude Area Defense Logistics Team of the Missile Defense Agency received the Packard Award for developing several innovative logistics concepts that potentially reduce operation and support costs throughout the system's service life. They applied pit-stop technology from the automotive racing industry to reduce maintenance diagnostics and repair times from minutes to seconds. They also leveraged hybrid-electric technologies that will reduce its transportation footprint and enable it to deploy with fewer airlift assets.
The Pentagon Renovation team received the Packard Award for its outstanding results in the ongoing efforts in the Pentagon's renovation. With a congressionally imposed cap on total renovation costs, the PENREN team realized it needed a major change in the standard acquisition approach for construction to finish the job within the cap, on cost and on schedule. Among other achievements, the reformation of the PENREN contracting organization created a flexible, agile team of business advisors who tackled unexplored territory and managed the associated unknowns and risks. That change was evident in the PENREN acquisition and management team's handling of emergency actions necessary to begin rescue, recovery, investigation, and reconstruction activity in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
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-Packard Co. 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.