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.
Oct 24, 2016
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall just released this year’s
Performance of the Defense Acquisition System. The report indicates that the DoD is continuing to improve
acquisition. This is demonstrated by the reduced 5-year moving average for cost growth on the largest and highest-risk
programs, which is now at a 30-year low. In the report, Kendall states that creating new weapons systems that will
give our warfighters a decisive operational advantage far into the future will never be a low-risk endeavor. We should
continuously improve our performance as we learn from our experience and work to improve our ability to make sound
The full report may be viewed here.
Apr 04, 2016
Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Excellence and Innovation initiative. The analysis behind the 2014 Annual Report on the Performance of the Defense for Acquisition System, published by the USD (AT&L) on June 13, 2014, demonstrated that the use of cost-plus-incentive-fee and fixed-price-incentive Firm Target contracts was highly correlated with programs that achieved better cost and schedule performance outcomes. this guidance is provided to illustrate the various factors that should be taken into account when selecting and negotiating a contract type.
Further details can be found within the memorandum.
Ask a BBP Question
Ask A Professor (AAP) is a Department of
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.