Podcast: Unpacking Defense Acquisition Policy the Laird-Packard Way

Brian Fredrickson sits down to discuss how lessons learned from the study of David Packard, Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1971, may significantly influence present day acquisition policy and help to shape acquisition reform for the 21st century.

In this podcast, we sit down with Brian Fredrickson, author of the research study, The Laird-Packard Way: Unpacking Defense Acquisition Policy. Brian takes an in depth look into David Packard’s legacy as the Deputy Secretary of Defense in the late 60s and early 70s and uncovers valuable lessons learned that may be applied to much needed defense acquisition reform today. Our conversation starts with how David Packard has influenced defense acquisitions and the implications for applying key principles from decades past to current and on-going acquisition reform. Brian breaks down some of his most significant findings to include how Packard’s love for gardening influenced his success in the acquisition arena.

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Caitlin Thorn (Moderator)

Brian Fredrickson (Author)


Referenced during the conversation:

David Packard

Defense acquisitions


Deputy Secretary of Defense


The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force or the US government.

Brian Fredrickson is an acquisitions officer in the United States Air Force. He is currently a student at Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

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