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.
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.
Nov 05, 2015
Eliminating Requirements Imposed on Industry Where Costs Exceed Benefits. Washington D.C: Office of The Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, 2015
Eliminating Requirements Imposed on Industry Where Costs Exceed Benefits
Oct 05, 2015
2015 “Performance of the Defense Acquisition System” Released
After five years of implementing Better Buying Power initiatives, such as “should cost management” and affordability caps, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall states that there are signs of significant improvement in acquisition outcomes.
2015 Performance of the Defense Acquisition System Report
Oct 05, 2015
These assessments provide a composite portrait of the breadth and depth of
the challenges program managers face, and of the highly professional way in
which these challenges are being met. They provide an opportunity for those
both inside and outside the defense acquisition arena to gain a deeper
appreciation of the practical reality of defense acquisition - as seen
through the eyes of our front line managers who deal with that reality on a
The 2015 Compendium of Annual Program Manager Assessments
Jun 16, 2015
Building from previous editions of the DoD Risk Management Guide, this revised edition emphasizes managing not only program
risks but also issues and opportunities. The guide supports DoDI 5000.02 policy as well as the DoD Better Buying Power 3.0
initiative to "improve leaders' ability to understand and mitigate technical risk
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.