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Release No: 258-96
May 03, 1996


Secretary of Defense William J. Perry announced the award of six David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Awards at a ceremony today in the Pentagon. The award program, established this year, recognizes the best DoD acquisition Integrated Product Teams from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command, Defense Logistics Agency and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

In addition, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul G. Kaminski presented civilian service awards and certificates of recognition to 43 DoD members who contributed to the rewriting of the DoD 5000 series of regulations and guidance on acquisition.



The Army's Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal Integrated Product Team (IPT) initially estimated in FY 92 that the program would cost about $660 million to produce, but after applying a series of acquisition initiatives, including further contract competition and a stable funding offer, a production contract was awarded earlier this fiscal year for $250 million. This mobile tactical communications system is the next generation satellite communications system for Army corps and below organizations.

Members of the Navy's New Attack Submarine IPT developed an acquisition strategy that not only satisfied technical, affordability and industrial base objectives, but is expected to lower costs from original estimates. The program's Integrated Product and Process Development approach will result in fewer design changes during production, allowing a significant shift of labor hours from construction to earlier, more cost effective design efforts: an estimated 900,000 labor hours over the course of design and lead ship construction should be saved. Cost

avoidances are also associated with the use of a commercial high- speed emergency diesel generator engine, and the use of an open systems architecture and commercial-off-the-shelf electronics in the NSSN's Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence system.

The Air Force's Centralized Request for Proposal IPT earned the award for their efforts to integrate acquisition reform initiatives throughout the Air Force, including an Air Force-wide education effort to introduce the new techniques to the acquisition workforce.

The US Special Operations Command's Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) IPT streamlined and met critical and time- sensitive acquisition objectives for this cooperative acquisition effort with the United Kingdom. Cost savings were achieved by creating the international cooperative agreement with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, innovative test procedures, and streamlining of IPT management. DIRCM will significantly enhance special operations forces C-130 aircraft survivability against currently deployed infrared missiles.

The Defense Logistics Agency IPT efforts resulted in cost savings over various programs through increased emphasis on commercial practices, emerging technology, and direct vendor delivery. DLA initiatives include using prime vendor, quick- response, corporate, and other long-term contracts; aggregating items on contracts through the use of commercial catalogs; and conversion to commercial item descriptions and other specification simplification efforts. DLA initiatives will result in cost savings through lower costs of products and services to DoD.

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization was recognized for the on-going acquisition efforts in the Medium Extended Air Defense System program. MEADS is DoD's proposed system to counter tactical ballistic and cruise missile threat.

The award is named in honor of the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense during the Nixon administration. He was also the founder and chairman of the Hewlett-Packard Company and chairman of the Presidential Commission on Defense Management chartered by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

The awards were selected as the Service's or agency's most successful acquisition program using innovative team techniques first advocated by Packard.


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