Navy MPRA Program Office Wins Packard Acquisition Award
WASHINGTON — The Navy’s program office for maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) was named one of four winners of the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, the Defense Department announced in a Feb. 16 release.
The award winners made exceptional contributions in support of the National Defense Strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said in the release.
“Today is really about taking some time out to acknowledge some really spectacular accomplishments,” Shanahan said at the Pentagon ceremony honoring the four teams that received the award, which is named after former Deputy Defense Secretary David Packard.
“Your work embodies what we want to accomplish with the National Defense Strategy [NDS],” Shanahan said. “The type of work that the teams have done is exemplary of what the NDS is all about.”
“We value acquisition because we are the people who need to take care of the taxpayers’ dollars,” Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said in the release. “We have roughly $1.9 trillion in programs of record over the next 10 years, so it is significant that we take care of those dollars and spend them well.”
The release detailed the award citation:
“The Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office for use of innovative contracting incentives and procurement approaches to manage their large and diverse portfolio of airborne platforms, including the P-8A Poseidon and P-3 Orion series anti-submarine aircraft and other special mission aircraft for the United States Navy and international customers and allies. They developed and implemented groundbreaking agreements and contracts with prime contractors and small businesses that lowered cost and delivered improved warfighting capability to the fleet 30-40 days ahead of contract schedule, while also leading plans to assume lead capability integrator for future P-8A incremental upgrade programs.
“Specifically, they procured 49 P-8A aircraft at unit costs almost $60 million lower than earlier production average costs and identified cost-saving opportunities to acquire two additional aircraft under congressional authority to ‘buy to budget.’ In addition, the PMA-290 team quickly secured and fielded advanced airborne signals intelligence and classified special mission reconnaissance capability systems to support combatant commanders in theater and ensure the highest level of aircraft and mission readiness within the MPRA fleet.”
Other winners were the Defense Contract Management Agency’s Special Programs Quick Closeout Team; the National Reconnaissance Office’s Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate, Low Earth Orbit System Program Office; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Agile Web Presence Program Management Office.