Andrew Hunter

  • Andrew Hunter, Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

    The Defense Department’s Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell is responsible for coordinating the department’s effort to fill its crucial and often unanticipated operational needs. These are requirements combatant commanders and warfighters often discover they need after yearly budgets have been set. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Tom Temin spoke with Andrew Hunter, director of the cell, on the Federal Drive. He explained how rapid acquisition works.

  • As the IT, acquisition world turns: Army gets new deputy CIO

    The churn among federal CIOs and others in the IT community has been uncommonly high over the last year.

  • Andrew Hunter: NDAA a bigger deal than usual

    The Senate will begin debate on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act this week. Bloomberg reports a cloture vote is likely tomorrow, with a vote on approval after that. The House passed the conference report on the NDAA 270 to 156 Thursday. Andrew Hunter, senior fellow in the International Security Program and director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told In Depth with Francis Rose the NDAA is a big deal every year, but this year it’s even bigger.

  • DLA falling short of its own policy to use performance based contracts

    A new study says the Defense Logistics Agency could benefit from performance-based logistics contracts, but there may be some legal barriers in the way.

  • 2017 NDAA has veto ‘baked in’

    A former DoD official says the 2017 defense authorization bill is as good as vetoed, but will it make it into law?

  • Top Republican won’t budge on increased military pay raise

    House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Joe Heck wants a higher pay raise for military employees.

  • DoD research spending took brunt of sequestration cuts

    Defense Department spending on research and development has suffered historic declines during the budget drawdown that’s been in progress since 2009.

  • Armed Services Committee members find solid ground in election results

    Despite a crazy election, members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees found stability in the results.

  • Why Trump’s hiring freeze could bring new opportunities, challenges to contractors

    President-elect Donald Trump’s suggested hiring freeze on the federal workforce could have major implications for federal contractors. With possible plans to cut the size of the federal workforce through attrition and retirements, some contractors say industry may have to shoulder more of the workload, since the capability requirements won’t change even as government shrinks.

  • Lawmakers demand answers on DIUx plan

    Congress fences off funds for the Defense Innovation Unit Experiment until DoD submits a report.