LaPlante makes case for production readiness to drive contract awards, highlights Replicator

By Tony Bertuca / September 12, 2023 at 6:19 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante today repeated his mantra of "production, production, production," asserting that such an approach should be baked into the weapons design process and prized when it is time to award final contracts. LaPlante, speaking at an annual Air and Space Forces Association conference, said it is good that the Pentagon has its largest research and development budget ever, but stressed that bending metal remains the true measure of success. “R&D without production...

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