BBP, launched in 2010, 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, according to the DoD.
Another important aspect of 3.0 will be a continued
emphasis on affordable programs as the department
cannot start programs that do not reach the envisioned
program of record.
“We will not start programs we cannot afford,” Kendall said.
Kendall acknowledged that worldwide threats are
changing quickly with cyber security being a major
problem, noting “it needs to be thought about through
every aspect of a program.”
Serving as honorary hosts for the Congressional
Breakfast again this year were U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney,
D-Conn., and Rob Wittman, R-Va., co-chairs of the
Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus.
Mabus: Bureaucracy Stifling Innovation
Warning that unless the Navy and Marine Corps incorporate new technologies and concepts faster than
potential adversaries can, “our days as the world’s pre-eminent maritime force are surely numbered,” Navy
Secretary Ray Mabus on April 15 announced a bold
program to foster innovation.
“We must be faster, much more innovative and
quicker or we can — we will — lose,” Mabus told a
After more than a century of embracing revolutionary
systems and ideas, Mabus said, “the ever-expanding,
ever-tightening coils of bureaucracy” are stifling innovation in the naval services.
To break through that barrier, the secretary said he
created Task Force Innovation and charged it with har-
nessing the “creative energy of our Sailors and Marines
and infusing the ideas that come forward into our
That will require a cultural change and the willing-
ness to accept risk of failure and to “move away from
the notion of zero-defect, never-failing individuals and
organizations,” he said.
With the guidance from Task Force Innovation,
Mabus said he has proposed five focus areas “aimed at
reinvigorating the culture of innovation that lies too
dormant within our force.”
Individuals, Units Receive Safety Awards
At the Secretary of the Navy Luncheon on April 15,
Mabus presented the Navy League’s Admiral Vern
Clark and General James L. Jones Safety Awards for
units and individuals.
Receiving the unit Admiral Vern Clark Safety Award
was Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four, and
accepting the award on the unit’s behalf were CDR
Cedrick Jessup, CDR Ryan Stoddard and Command
Master Chief Troy Newsom. Receiving the individual
Vern Clark Safety Award was Aaron Ausbrooks, of the
Safety Department at Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific.
The unit General James L. Jones Safety Award was
given to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, and
receiving it on the unit’s behalf were David Romero,
Ray Aguilar and Col Michael Scalise. The individual
General James L. Jones Safety Award was presented to
GySgt Michael Whittemore for his work while a staff
sergeant with 2d Supply Battalion. ;
Editor in Chief Amy L. Wittman, Deputy Editor Peter
Atkinson, Managing Editor Richard R. Burgess and Special
Correspondents Nick Adde, Otto Kreisher and John C.
Marcario contributed to this report.
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus congratulates Command Master
Chief Troy Newsom after presenting Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four with the unit Admiral Vern Clark Safety
Award during the Secretary of the Navy Luncheon April 15.
At left are CDR Ryan Stoddard and CDR Cedrick Jessup.
From the left, Mabus congratulates David Romero, Ray
Aguilar and Col Michael Scalise of Marine Corps Logistics
Base Barstow before presenting them with the unit General
James L. Jones Safety Award April 15.