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.
June 13, 2014
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
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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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.