The David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence was presented to four Department of Defense program teams at a June 4, 2003 ceremony at Fort Belvoir. Making the presentations to the four winners was Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael W. Wynne. The four teams are being recognized for their use of innovation in the acquisition process. This year’s winners are: Special Operations Command’s Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOCR); the Navy's Joint Services Family of Decontamination Systems; the Air Force's Passive Attack Weapon (PAW) quick reaction capability; and the joint Air Force/Navy Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Project Office.
The David Packard Award was established to recognize Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and military organizations, groups or teams that have made highly significant contributions which demonstrate exemplary innovation and best acquisition practices. These awards reflect achievements that exemplify the goals and objectives established for furthering lifecycle cost reduction and acquisition excellence in DoD.
In presenting the awards, Wynne commented that these programs "have shown what can happen when we release the power of innovation in our workforce."
The 2003 Packard Award highlighted the winning formulas for the awards: the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Joint Project Office (Air Force/Navy) office accelerated the production of JDAM, delivering munitions in one-half of the time and one-half of the projected price. This guidance system proved to be more accurate, reliable and effective than originally required. The Special Operations Craft Riverine team was innovative in its approach to the successful fielding of a complete SOCR system allowing a four-person crew to carry eight special operations forces in an air transportable armored watercraft. The Joint Services Family of Decontamination Systems (Navy) team was selected for its exceptional accomplishment in multi-service teaming, extensive use of cost as an independent variable, international teaming, and recognition for foreign comparative testing. This system uses commercial-off-the-shelf components in its design to decontaminate military equipment. The Passive Attack Weapon (PAW) Quick Reaction Capability (Air Force) - The PAW team responded after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack by delivering a complete and operationally tested system in less than 100 days. The team delivered all logistics support elements, a "targeteering" tool to predict collateral effects, and integration on the F-16 aircraft.