Ensuring Our Nation Can Afford The Systems and Services It Acquires
    The Acquisition Community’s mission is to deliver the warfighting capabilities needed with the money available by getting better buying power for Warfighters and taxpayers.
  • BBP Initiatives Successfully Employed in Acquisition of Navy Destroyer
    Innovative acquisition strategy by Navy resulted in $298 million in cost savings across three ships and established the conditions for the
    follow-on FY13-17 multi-year procurement for DDG 51 class ships while sustaining the shipbuilding industrial base.

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  • PEO Ammo
    PEO Ammunition Business Model Provides Small Business with Increased Contracting Opportunities
    Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems team developed innovative acquisition strategy that effectively seeks out and utilizes small businesses innovation and rapid response while substantially cutting delivery order award cycle times and costs.

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  • Hawkeye
    Hawkeye Achieves Economical Production Rates
    The Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program and the Air Force’s Small Diameter Bomb II program are recent examples where the Department
    ensured cost savings by implementing economical production rates.

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  • By remaining focused on realistic requirements and incentivizing
    industry, a United States Special Operations Command team has
    developed better first-response casualty evacuation and treatment capabilities for wounded Warfighters.

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    Joint Service Team’s Focus on Requirements Yields Life-saving


What Is Better Buying Power?


DoD’s Mandate To Do More Without More

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.

BBP Focus Areas BBP Focus Areas




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.


The ability to understand and control future costs from a program’s inception is critical to achieving affordability requirements.


Reward contractors for successful supply chain and indirect expense management.


Unnecessary and low-value added processes and document requirements are a significant drag on acquisition productivity and must be aggressively identified and eliminated.


Real competition is the single most powerful tool available to the Department to drive productivity.


The substantial amount of money spent on contract support services demands a management structure to strategically source these goods and services.


It is the duty of the acquisition workforce to conduct itself with excellence, responsibility, integrity and accountability.

















































Wave Items of Interest

Sep 12, 2014

Ethics and Acquisition Professionalism

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall releases Article on Ethics and Acquisition Professionalism
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Aug 24, 2014

Actions to Improve Competition

USD(AT&L) directs five specific actions that the Department of Defense will implement to improve the competitive environment and motivate industry to deliver effective and efficient solutions.
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June 13, 2014

2014 Annual Report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall released the second annual report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System. It emphasizes objective data analysis to examine the effects of statutes, policies, and tradecraft on the outcomes of acquisition.
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May 27, 2014

ASD(L&MR) Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Guidebook

Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L memorandum, "Implementing Directive for Better Buying Power 2.0 - Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending," April 24, 2013
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April 29, 2014

Better Buying Power 4 Years On: Is It Making a Difference?

On 29 Apr 14, Mr. Kendall posted an editorial on the Defense One website outlining his view on why after four years, Better Buying Power is still making a difference in defense acquisition.
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April 9, 2014

FedNews Radio: DoD plots third chapter in Better Buying Power initiative

In an article released on the Federal News Radio website on 9 Apr 14, Mr. Kendall speaks on BBP 3.0 and offers some insight into the direction he's heading for the next iteration of BBP.
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Dec 4, 2013

USD-AT&L Releases Memo on New DoD Instruction 5000.02

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. See Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Technology and Logistics) Frank Kendall’s policy memo to the Defense Acquisition Workforce concerning DoDI 5000.2 implementation.
View Memo >

Aug 6, 2013

Should Cost Management in Defense Acquisition

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.
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