The acquisition community is indeed overworked, understaffed and undergoing some loss of institutional knowledge. More active engagement with the private sector in the acquisition process – both contracting and program sides, particularly in the now very lengthy process leading up to final RFP would produce a dramatic improvement. I believe we’d see improvements in both the quality (more succinct requirements focused on the object) and timeliness of procurements. By engaging interested parties (dare I say crowd sourcing) once the objective is established, the process of “brainstorming” is enhanced by mixture of experience and ideas that I believe is simply not present inside and organization — private or public. We end up with a much richer pool of information from which to define requirements, we’ve sped the process along AND the acquiring office retains complete control of the outcome. Why not?