By Olga Belogolova / April 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Naval Sea Systems Command has established a directorate to help lower acquisition costs and reduce the number of unique components in the Nayv's ships and systems, according to a NAVSEA release Monday.

The new Acquisition and Commonality directorate is led by Rear Adm. Thomas Kearney, who also serves as milestone decision authority for several expeditionary mission programs.

The panel will also aim to increase the Navy's ability to incorporate and update new capabilities throughout a system's life-cycle strategy.

“This directorate brings together billets and personnel dedicated to moving forward commonality of people, parts and processes through promoting and enabling exchange within government and between government and industry,” Kearney said in a statement.

According to the Navy release, the directorate will serve as the central point of contact for policy, common business processes and tools for systems commonality, and the National Shipbuilding Research Program.