Mr. Braswell will host a discussion focusing on our Air Force acquisition systems challenge to move at a nonpareil speed, with agility, and innovation in order to defeat the immediate adversary that is COVID-19. External government health and disaster response organizations were facing the daunting challenge of moving billions of dollars to grow supply chains and industrial capacity for medical equipment, all while surging operations to historic scale.
On 25 March 2020 Dr. William Roper Jr, Assistance Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) established the Department of the Air Force Acquisition Task Force on COVID-19 (DAF ACT) as authorized by Title III Defense Production Act (DPA) and across our acquisition enterprise to execute all requirements for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Joint Acquisition Task Force. The DAF ACT is led by Major General Cameron Holt and contains (4) Lines of Effort (LOE):
LOE 1 – Relief for external assistance requirements, led by Mr Anthony Braswell
LOE 2 – Resilience for Defense Industrial Base efforts
LOE 3 – Recovery for consolidating funding requires that minimize program impacts
LOE 4 – Rapid for large-scale rapid small business contracts across all lines of efforts
Mr Braswell will discuss the successes and challenges through his leadership of LOE 1 which is comprised of 44 teams and over 300 acquisition members that are disparately located throughout the Air Force. The team’s goal was to replenish PPE strategic national stockpile and industrial base expansion through the rapid procurement/production/manufacturing to include but not limited to N95 and surgical masks, ventilator filters, swab manufacturing, test kits, nitrile gloves, syringes and filter media in support of DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Online Webinar