What should Kushner and his team do? Tear into this bloodstained, massive mountain of bureaucratic muck on two fronts.
First, dig up that Defense Business Board report. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. The findings there will give them all they need to mount a sustained, substantive attack that will yield the mother of all government reforms in U.S. history.
Second, take to heart the lesson of the Gordian knot and put into practice an idea recommended by Christopher Lehman, a former national security official in the Reagan administration, in the Philadelphia Inquirer in January: “a simple legislative provision that would grant to the defense secretary, or any of the services secretaries (Army, Navy, and Air Force), the authority for five years to waive any and all Federal Acquisition Regulations.