The Continuing Need to Emphasize Improved Acquisition Through Government/Industry Communication, or “Can We Talk?”

March 13, 2018
By Michael Fischetti 

The Deputy Secretary of Defense recently issued a memorandum to all Department of Defense (DOD) components outlining national defense strategy (NDS) intentional engagement with industry to “harness and protect the National Security Innovation Base as well as modernize key capabilities.”

This two-page memo, followed by four pages of attached instructions—including specific “myth-busting” examples and relevant statutory guidance—is yet the latest top-down guidance promulgating how government and industry can and must communicate properly to meet the government mission. In this case, national security depends on this dialogue. The memo even highlights the importance of association events in this regard.

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