By Nick Schwellenbach
From the written testimony of John Young—former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics—who testified at yesterday's Senate subcommittee hearing on defense acquisition:
The military promotions system will reward a requirements officer who pushes for more requirements and punish a military acquisition program manager who resists making costly changes to a program. Similarly, civil servants who want successful careers are cautious about hard issues.
Nick Schwellenbach is POGO's Director of Investigations.