To improve acquisition, we need to train and incentivize contract officers to take new approaches.
As a CO, it is always easier to go with the safer, slower, more traditional approach. Also it aligns to their incentives (don't get protested or in trouble).
We should align incentives for contract officers on:
-Speed to deliver contracts
-Cost savings they are able to delivery (in the end)
-Bringing in new vendors
-Leveraging creative programs (think SBIR programs allow sole sourcing for new technology but many COs don't like to use that authority)