Better Buying Power (BBP) is the implementation of best practices to strengthen the Defense Department's buying power, improve industry productivity, and provide an affordable, value-added military capability to the Warfighter. Launched in 2010, BBP encompasses a set of fundamental acquisition principles to achieve greater efficiencies through affordability, cost control, elimination of unproductive processes and bureaucracy, and promotion of competition. BBP initiatives also incentivize productivity and innovation in industry and Government, and improve tradecraft in the acquisition of services.
Conducting a program at a cost constrained by the maximum resources the Department can allocate for a capability. These resources include funding, schedule and manpower.
Dec 4, 2013
Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter issued interim policy, effective immediately , to replace the previous DoD Instruction 5000.02. This instruction provides the detailed procedures that guide the Operation of the Defense Acquisition System and applies to all organizational entities within the Department.
Aug 6, 2013
The Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0 Implementing Directives identified seven focus areas where we can achieve greater efficiency and productivity in defense acquisition. Should cost management is one of these areas and is an important tool to control costs both in the short term and throughout the product life cycle. This memorandum refines and clarifies BBP guidance to ensure managers at every level implement should cost management in the acquisition of products, services, and programs.
June 28, 2013
The first annual report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System is now available. It represents the beginning of an effort to assess how well we are doing at delivering products to our warfighters, how our performance is changing over time, and, most importantly, to begin to better understand how we can improve that performance of the Defense Acquisition System.
April 30, 2013
Video of USD(AT&L) The Honorable Frank Kendall’s presentation and Q&A session on Better Buying Power 2.0 implementation is now available in the DAU Media Library. Mr. Kendall met with an audience of acquisition professionals following the release of the Better Buying Power 2.0 implementation memorandum to further explain the BBPi 2.0 tenets.
April 24, 2013
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Mr.Frank Kendall released a memorandum on the implementation of Better Buying Power 2.0 April 24. The memo reiterated the seven tenets of the BBP initiative and encouraged workforce members to apply their principles to future acquisition programs in order to achieve greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending.
April 9, 2013
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) will provide training and perspectives on implementing Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0 initiatives at its annual Acquisition Hot Topic Training Forum on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Fort Belvoir.
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Defense resource for asking acquisition and
logistics questions concerning policies and
A centralized online resource to better connect industry with government customers to invigorate innovation.
Performance Assessments And Root Cause Analyses (cac required):
The central office for major defense authorization performance assessment, root cause analysis, and earned value management.
Provides usable tools and templates to create performance-based service acquisition requirements.