Pentagon changes acquisition instructions

09 January 2015

The Pentagon released an updated version of its instructions to acquisition officers for buying defence products on 7 January, with an emphasis on varying contract types to fit individual programmes that includes four separate examples of types of contracting approaches.

The new document, the Defense Department's Instruction 5000.02, was released more than a year after the guidance received an interim update on 25 November 2013. That update had included several major changes including codifying rapid acquisition techniques, an area that received considerable attention after the US invasion of Iraq as rapid acquisition was employed to quickly field armored vehicles that protected US troops from explosive devices.

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