DOD’s Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) office will be split up between the two successor organizations to the department’s former acquisition, technology and logistics office, two senior officials revealed Monday at the Farnborough Airshow. The office’s manufacturing component, including the Manufacturing Technologies program, will move to office of the undersecretary for research and engineering. The office’s remaining responsibilities — along with the office of Small Business Policy — will reside under the acquisition and sustainment undersecretary within a newly rechristened MIBP office, reported Defense News.
The reorganization plan for the acquisition and sustainment office, which Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently approved, is designed to support the Pentagon’s modernization objectives and encourage innovation, said Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of defense for MIBP. “Given where we are right now in the world there’s a real need to get back to what I’ll call a real industrial policy capability within the Pentagon, to address the sorts of problems that we know we’re going to face going forward,” Chewning said.
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