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

Jan 07, 2015

DoD Instruction 5000.02

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall released an updated version of DoDI 5000.02 Operation of the Defense Acquisition System
DODI 5000 02 Transmittal Letter_Signed>
DoD Instruction 5000.02>

Jan 07, 2015

Better Buying Power 3.0 Feedback

We need your input. We are reaching out to Government and Industry to provide feedback and ideas about how to improve BBP, identify positive impacts, unintended consequences, challenges and benefits.
Provide your feedback on BBP 3.0>

Dec 03, 2014

Actions to Improve Competition

Guidelines For Creating and Maintaining a Competitive Environment for Supplies and Services in the Department of Defense
View Guidlines>

Sep 19, 2014

BBP 3.0 Products Released

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics released the interim version of Better Buying Power 3.0 today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
View BBP 3.0 whitepaper >
BBP 3.0 Presentation by Frank Kendall>

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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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
View Memo and Guidebook >

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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