This one is going to require a call to your Congressman and Senator. Congress’ “Thornberry Acquisition Reforms” is intended to improve the way the Defense Department buys weapons systems but, invariably, it will only make them worse. Congress has made procedures less competitive, more expensive, encumbered with longer commitments, and completely untested before production ramps-up. It is designed to improve the corporate cash flow of defense contractors and it will cost us more and put more service men and women at risk with untested technology in battle conditions. Already, 2/3 of the U.S. Army’s weapon systems fail to meet their reliability requirements in operational testing. Congress’ solution under the “Thornberry Acquisition Reforms”? Section 601 eliminates annual reports to Congress and the public from the Defense Department to hold defense systems accountable and subject to oversight. This has to stop. Listen to more.
Guest: Mandy Smithberger
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