Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2013 Contents Program Executive O ce Ammunition's
Project Manager Combat Ammunition
Systems (PM CAS) received a David Pack-
ard Excellence in Acquisition Award Nov.
2 for procurement innovations that have
allowed it to compete individual require-
ments, minimize unit cost, and maximize
competition and the quantity delivered.
PM CAS was one of two acquisition
organizations to be honored with the
annual Packard Award, which recog-
nizes superior program management and
accomplishment in successfully execut-
ing one or more of DOD's Better Buying
Power acquisition e ciency initiatives.
Also receiving the Packard Award was
the U.S. Navy's DDG 51 Shipbuilding
Program O ce.
DOD's highest acquisition team award
was rst given in 1997 in honor of David
Packard, a former Deputy Secretary of
Defense (1969-71) and co-founder and
Chairman of the Hewlett-Packard Co.
Packard, who died in 1996, founded the
Defense Systems Management College
and was a strong advocate of excellence in
defense acquisition practices.
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta
announced the award recipients dur-
ing a Pentagon ceremony. e Secretary
also awarded the rst-ever Better Buy-
ing Power E ciency Award, which
recognizes innovation in Better Buying
Power (BBP) e orts. BBP was formally
introduced to the DOD Acquisition
Workforce in September 2010, with the
objective of delivering needed war ght-
ing capabilities within the constraints of
a declining defense budget.
Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of
Defense for Acquisition, Technology,
and Logistics, hailed the award recipients
for their e orts and accomplishments.
" ese three teams are at the forefront of
our e orts to increase acquisition inno-
vation and professionalism, as well as
e ciencies," Kendall said. "We hope that
these e orts are also recognized by others
within the Department and are used as a
template for increased innovation within
the Acquisition Workforce."
A SIMPLER WAY TO
PM CAS, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, received
the Packard Award for establishing and
implementing a highly e cient buying
approach to acquiring critical ammuni-
tion. (See related article, Page 154.)
In response to an increased need for
artillery and mortar items, the PM
CAS team developed a multiple-award,
inde nite delivery/inde nite quantity
(IDIQ), 100 percent small business set-
aside, best-value strategy for recurring
production of ammunition. is
single, simpli ed acquisition strategy
was successfully implemented for the
procurement of 53 artillery and mortar
components totaling $2.7 billion and
included signi cant room for both surge
and Foreign Military Sales requirements.
e PM CAS team "dramatically reduced
the average time from receipt of require-
ment to delivery---from 18-24 months to
just 45-60 days---while also saving the
government an estimated $60 million,"
e DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program
O ce, Program Executive O ce Ships,
Washington Navy Yard, DC, received the
Packard Award for its success in conduct-
ing an innovative competition to procure
three DDG 51 (Arleigh Burke) Class
guided missile destroyers. Instead of a
traditional competition, the team devel-
oped and executed a unique acquisition
approach, called Pro t Related to O ers,
which gives a higher pro t margin to the
lowest realistic bidder. is new approach
was in response to unacceptable pricing
in shipbuilders' earlier proposals.
e Navy team set the standard for the
follow-on multiyear procurement of
future DDG 51 Class destroyers. " ey
created real competition in a situa-
tion where none had previously existed,
awarded $2.1 billion in contracts within
six months, and saved the government
$298 million," Panetta said.
e inaugural Better Buying Power E -
ciency Award went to the Acquisition
Rapid Response Medical Team for Tacti-
cal Combat Casualty Care and Casualty
Evacuation, Special Operations Research,
Development, and Acquisition Center,
U.S. Special Operations Command,
by Mr. Robert E. Coultas
198 Army AL&T Magazine January--March 2013
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