[...] even if the military does end up pulling the plug on wasteful spending, that still leaves unsolved another glaring problem with the way the Pentagon buys weapons: widespread customer dissatisfaction with an unresponsive procurement system that takes far too long to deliver the goods. The weapon acquisitions system has become so customerunfriendly that the Army is finding it difficult to obtain spare parts and repair services for the MRAP trucks because the vehicles are not a "program of record," which is Pentagon-speak for weapons that have been blessed by the acquisition authorities and are included in the military's long-term budgets.
Message to Weapons Buyers: Make it Cheaper and Faster Sandra I Erwin National Defense; Mar 2009; 93, 664; Docstoc pg. 6 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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