What would you like industry to know, if you
could say something to industry with regard to
your plan going forward?
RIXEY: One of our initiatives is not only engaging with
them, but there’s a whole section in this [Vision 2020]
that talks about how we’re really trying to align with
them, especially in the area of forecasting.
What I want to tell industry is stay aligned, because
we have realigned to understand the priorities, where the
gaps are, where we should be planning our resources,
where we should go and where we shouldn’t go with a
potential sale or a technology. We’ve created the venue
and the opportunities for you to speak with us, and it’s
our intention to articulate as much as possible to our
industry partners so they understand where the priorities
and where the gaps are. It really is, stay aligned.
We have an outreach program. I personally meet
with each — I’ve met with all the majors and some
suppliers — take two hours going to their facilities and
getting input. My Weapons Directorate is their path
into my organization, to share what it is that they’re
doing and what they’re seeing down range. And then
we can try to be aligned. It’s all about alignment.
I know you talk to allies and partners all the time,
as you do with industry. What would you like to
say to our partners and allies?
RIXEY: Another section in Vision 2020 is our outreach
to our partners, and that is being the provider of
choice. We’re trying to be the provider of choice by
increasing the visibility of the process. That’s one of the
things that they’re asking for.
If you were to ask our foreign partners, the following is what they desire from us: They desire insight to
the program. They desire quality of what we’re providing them, like, for example, if we’re giving them pricing availability or an LOA [Letter of Offer and
Acceptance], that the pricing in the schedule is accurate because they don’t want to go back and ask for
funds again. And then, the third thing is speed. It’s in
that order. We used to think it’s speed, speed, speed,
but if you’re sacrificing quality and insight for speed,
that’s not good.
The No. 1 thing is we hear is, “We want visibility
into your process, we want a quality product that you
provide us, and we want it as quickly as you can do it.”
That’s what these initiatives are looking at. My message
to them is, you’ve got my Vision 2020 document. It’s
on the World Wide Web. Know what we’re trying to do
and let us know how we’re doing.
“One of the reasons that we realigned is by having a regional team … their
whole function now is to be responsive, to attack these issues as quickly as
humanly possible, to look at their whole continuum of solutions to figure out
how we are going to apply it to these. The challenges that we face are
they’re coming in frequently, and the sheer volume.”