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American Forces Press Service

Panetta Announces Packard, Efficiency Award Recipients

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the two recipients of the David Packard award and the recipient of the Better Buying Power Efficiency award.

The Packard award is presented by the Defense Department to organizations that have demonstrated superior management and accomplishment in carrying out one or more of the Better Buying Power acquisition efficiency initiatives.

The Better Buying Power Efficiency award recognizes innovation in better buying power efforts. The objective of the Better Buying Power program, according to defense officials, is to ensure needed warfighting capabilities are delivered within the constraints of a declining defense budget by better managing the costs of acquisition.

“Efforts like these … help us strengthen our vital defense industrial base, a top priority for me as Secretary of Defense,” Panetta said in prepared remarks at the Pentagon ceremony.

Also attending the ceremony was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.

“These three teams are at the forefront of our efforts to increase acquisition innovation and professionalism, as well as efficiencies,” Kendall said. “We hope that these efforts are also recognized by others within the Department and are used as a template for increased innovation within the acquisition workforce.”

The two Packard recipients are the Army’s Project Manager Combat Ammunitions Systems, from Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, and the Navy’s DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program Office, from the Washington Navy Yard.

In response to an increased need for artillery and mortar items, the Army team “dramatically reduced the average time from receipt of requirement to delivery -- from 18-24 months to just 45-60 days -- while also saving the government an estimated $60 million,” Panetta said.

The Navy team developed and executed an innovative acquisition approach for three Arleigh Burke-class DDG 51 guided missile destroyers, the defense secretary said.

“They created real competition in a situation where none had previously existed, awarded $2.1 billion dollars in contracts within six months, and saved the government $298 million dollars,” Panetta said.

The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award was first awarded in 1997 in honor of the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense and advocate of excellence in defense acquisition practices.

The first-ever Better Buying Power Efficiency award went to Special Operations Command’s Acquisition Rapid Response Medical Team for Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Casualty Evacuation.

The team developed a new casualty evacuation system that enhanced the ability of ground units to gain access to, treat and recover casualties from the battlefield. The system greatly improved the medical treatment capabilities of Special Operations forces.

“Quite simply, the work done by this team of experienced combat medics, research expert, and acquisitions professionals saves lives,” the secretary said. “They successfully developed and fielded pioneering capabilities that are ensuring our troops receive life-saving medical treatments at the point of injury, helping them to survive and be evacuated within the critical ‘golden hour.’”

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