LE BOURGET, France—Congress is either wildly for or against middle-tier acquisition practices because the process is new and information lacking, a U.S. Air Force official says. Section 804 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act grants the Pentagon authorities for rapid prototyping and fielding for projects entering service in two to five years. “As a program manager, if you’re looking at a traditional path versus an 804 path you get to go on contract ...

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