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Community of Practice For Modern Software Engineeringstring;#/News/Community-of-Practice-For-Modern-Software-EngineeringCommunity of Practice For Modern Software Engineering2020-01-27T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/PublishingImages/External - News Banner.png, https://www.dau.edu/PublishingImages/External - News Banner.png https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/PublishingImages/External - News Banner.png<div class="ExternalClass5B25B3122A5F4F548E484EB31B7C5888"><p>In 2018, Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, stated the degree to which software drives our world demands that we move toward a modern tech company model for software delivery: “As we reorganize the way we do business the thread that runs through all of our programs and all that we do is software and I believe that <u>we need to catch up with the private sector and make sure we are using contemporary software development processes.”</u> This shift to a modern software development paradigm requires new statues, policies, and processes and a culture of collaboration.<br> <br> Software-enabled capabilities have unique technical properties that enable frequent change, unlike any other system components. As noted in the <a href="http://innovation.defense.gov/software/"><strong>May 2019 Defense Innovation Board report</strong></a> on reforming DoD software practices: “Software is never ‘done’ and must be managed as an enduring capability that is treated differently than hardware.” Recognizing this, OSD is leading a set of inter-related initiatives to develop policy, guidance, training, and enterprise resources that will transform the way that the Department acquires software.<br> <br> The new software policy incorporates principles from the Lean Startup methodology, and commercial and Agile software development. Among these is a focus on demonstrating progress and value via more frequent, and continuous deliveries of working software, which enables the users and other stakeholders to examine and provide feedback on early capabilities of the system. A key enabling culture and technology for this approach is DevSecOps, an ecosystem-based approach and set of tool-supported practices that allow considerations from development, security, and operations to be addressed early and continuously in an integrated fashion. DevSecOps helps achieve the speed necessary to deliver meaningful versions of code more frequently than ever before. It also ensures that this increase in speed does not come at the expense of good engineering practice – to the contrary, it can improve software quality. For example, it can enable rapid fixes for software vulnerabilities in minutes or hours, instead of months or years. Additionally, by automating testing and security checks on small batches of new software, these activities are done constantly rather than as separate activities that occur at the end of the lifecycle.<br> <br> Cutting-edge processes and tech alone are not enough. The best policies still require an appropriately-educated workforce to execute them. And there has already been a huge level of interest expressed in this modern approach and technology from across the workforce. Recognizing this, the DoD’s acquisition leadership, Chief Information Officer, DAU, the Air Force’s Chief Software Officer, and other key stakeholders partnered to begin addressing the need. A Community of Practice (CoP) was stood up in April 2019 with 94 people, and membership has risen steadily and currently stands at over 400 members.<br> <br> Reflecting on the cross-cutting nature of software in our systems, the CoP members represent personnel with a variety of responsibilities, including developers, program managers, cybersecurity personnel, and testers. All of the Services are represented, as well as at least 20 additional organizations, including multiple offices within OSD, multiple combatant commands, other federal agencies, and the Joint Staff.<br> <br> The CoP convenes at periodic meetings for presentations and knowledge sharing opportunities, covering topics such as DevSecOps implementations within organizations like Air Force, Navy, DISA, and DIA; acquisition topics such as the Adaptive Acquisition Framework and DevSecOps contracting; training; and software supply chain assurance. A special session was held in June when the DoD CIO, Mr. Deasy, addressed the CoP and discussed the new direction DoD is going in. Content discussed and reviewed within the CoP is posted to a milSuite site: <strong><a href="https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/dod-enterprise-devsecops">https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/dod-enterprise-devsecops</a></strong>. (CAC login is required to access the community)<br> <br> The CoP is not just for information sharing, however. It has been instrumental in informing Department strategy as well. For example, it was used to provide subject matter expert feedback on the now signed, published, and publicly released DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Reference Design. Published by the DoD Chief Information Officers, the Reference Design provides important technical detail on tools and activities that support a DevSecOps implementation, as well as an introduction to the DoD enterprise DevSecOps container service. Other products in development are training learning objectives, the Accelerated ATO Playbook, and a DevSecOps Playbook that will contain a maturity model and industry-based recommended metrics for programs to track.<br> <br> These efforts are essential for the Department’s efforts to deploy capabilities to the warfighter at greater speed. For successful, private sector tech companies (and DevSecOps organizations) and DoD’s new software strategy, a <u>culture of high collaboration that enables innovation is critical</u>. Interested participants are invited to join future meetings to hear more about ongoing work and understand what resources and expertise are available. The CoP will be further expanded to bring in industry participants through industry associations such as NDIA and INCOSE. Meetings have begun in full force for 2020; and with the expansion of topics and participants, we expect to see even greater success in the future.</p></div>string;#/News/Community-of-Practice-For-Modern-Software-Engineering
The Paths Become Clearer: DoD Acquisition Policy, AAF Release Occurringstring;#/News/The-Paths-Become-Clearer--DoD-Acquisition-Policy,-AAF-Release-OccurringThe Paths Become Clearer: DoD Acquisition Policy, AAF Release Occurring2020-01-21T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/PublishingImages/AAF Jan 10th Update DAU SOCIAL.png, https://www.dau.edu/PublishingImages/AAF Jan 10th Update DAU SOCIAL.png https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/PublishingImages/AAF Jan 10th Update DAU SOCIAL.png<div class="ExternalClassAEBFBA87BD1B4D8B90A1F014D38D6F0A">The Honorable Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment), has repeatedly stressed that one of her office’s primary goals is to reform Defense acquisition so that it delivers capabilities at the speed of relevance to our Warfighters.<br> <br> Since Dec. 31, Lord has approved the release of the first four of six acquisition pathways that make up the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF), DoD’s long-awaited rewrite of the Defense Acquisition directives commonly referred to as the “5000 series.”<br> <br> Reforming this cumbersome set of documents has been a priority for Lord, who has been introducing the concepts to Congress, the defense industry, and the Defense Acquisition Workforce for several months.<br> <br> “[The] way forward removes a longstanding system of bureaucracy and red tape by turning the procurement process into one that empowers users to be creative decision makers and problem solvers,” she wrote in <a href="/library/defense-atl/blog/Leaning-Forward--Into-the-New-Year">a recent <em>Defense Acquisition magazine </em>article</a>.<br> <br> The revised 5000 series includes the introduction of the AAF, which gives acquisition professionals six different acquisition pathways: Urgent Capability Acquisition, Middle Tier of Acquisition, Major Capability Acquisition, Acquisition of Services, Defense Business Systems, and Interim Software Acquisition.<br> <br> The final step of the release process involves an intricate transition that will occur when the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02, “Operation of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework,” is released. This new version of the 5000.02 will cancel the current 5000.02, “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System.”<br> <br> Because of differences in the two documents, functional policies applicable to engineering, test, cost, etc. will be nullified. To mitigate the gap, DoDI 5000.02T (T stands for transition), “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System,” will be published to facilitate a smooth transition to AAF operations and will remain in effect until the completion of the AAF realignment.<br> <br> Defense Business Systems (DBS), DoDI 5000.75, is the final document in the 5000 series and is also awaiting release.<br> <br> Lord has approved or signed the following policies: <ul> <li>DoD Instruction 5000.74, <a href="https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/500074p.pdf?ver=2020-01-10-083053-313">Defense Acquisition of Services</a>, Jan. 10, 2020</li> <li><a href="https://www.acq.osd.mil/ae/assets/docs/USA002825-19%20Signed%20Memo%20%28Software%29.pdf">Software Acquisition Pathway Interim Policy and Procedures</a>, Jan. 3, 2020</li> <li>DoD Instruction 5000.81, <a href="https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/500081p.PDF?ver=2019-12-31-133941-660">Urgent Capability Acquisition</a>, Dec. 31, 2019</li> <li>DOD Instruction 5000.80 <a href="https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/500080p.PDF?ver=2019-12-30-095246-043">Operation of the Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA)</a>, Dec. 30, 2019</li> </ul> Defense acquisition professionals are advised to check the <a href="/aaf">AAF website</a> often for the latest policy updates.</div>string;#/News/The-Paths-Become-Clearer--DoD-Acquisition-Policy,-AAF-Release-Occurring

 

 

Adaptive Acquisition: A Cure for Contract Inertiahttps://www.dau.edu/library/defense-atl/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=166Adaptive Acquisition: A Cure for Contract Inertia2020-01-01T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/defense-atl/PublishingImages/DefAcq_Jan_20_banner-6.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/library/defense-atl/PublishingImages/DefAcq_Jan_20_banner-6.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/defense-atl/PublishingImages/DefAcq_Jan_20_banner-6.jpg<div class="ExternalClass9F2C134084AE4953B235B735408A7E16">Change is required to be efficient, effective and proactive in today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world. Dr. Kurt Lewin’s Change Theory offers a model for change. This model suggests three steps in change management: unfreeze (preparing for the desired change), change (implementing the desired change), and refreeze (solidifying the desired change).<br> <br> Change often is resisted, and the result may be inertia (remaining unchanged). “That’s just the way we’ve always done it” is a common response that implies a resistance to change. Resistance to change can occur at both the individual (e.g., fear, new learning or disruptions of stable relationships) and the organizational level (e.g., threat to power structure, system relationship, sunk costs, vested interests or inertia of organizational structure). Correspondingly, there are internal (e.g., new technology, changing work values, creating new knowledge or product obsolescence) and environmental forces for change (e.g., competition activities, changes in consumer demands, resource availability, social and political change, or international change). The question then becomes how to facilitate change given resistance. Lewin’s model suggests that the need for change must be determined, support ensured, resistance managed and understood and its importance recognized. In commercial markets, customers increasingly are demanding faster transactions, establishing focus for business operations, in terms of reaching customer needs faster and with more flexibility. From Amazon’s one-day shipping to Little Caesar’s grab-and-go pizzas, both capitalize on speed to meet consumer demands.<br> <br> Within the military, the need for rapid acquisition is increasingly pertinent; however, transactions for defense equipment and services often are not facilitated as rapidly as in the commercial sector. The current acquisition process is much more complex and requires much more coordination between the two parties (government and the contractor) and therefore ultimately require more time. However, the current acquisition system allows for programs to tailor their acquisition strategies, based on the needs and the priorities of their respective programs. Such options include (as laid out in the Defense Acquisition University [DAU] Contracting Cone) Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), Procurement for Experiments, and Research and Development (R&D) Agreements. Therefore, examining these options, and what current programs have employed these options, will provide the best opportunity to streamline the acquisition process and avoid contract inertia. <h3><img alt="" src="/library/defense-atl/DATLFiles/Jan-Feb2020/DefAcq_Jan20_article5_image1.jpg" style="width:433px;height:150px;float:left;margin-left:3px;margin-right:3px;" />Past and Current State of Affairs</h3> Over the last 18 years, the United States has engaged in the War on Terror with adversaries that have had deficient technical capabilities. However, according to the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), present peer state adversaries, such as China and Russia, are beginning to boost their military capabilities and close their gap with U.S. military supremacy. The NDS further calls on the need for innovation, speed and agility to combat these new threats. As opposed to the War on Terror, direct war with a peer-state adversary would require a revamped acquisition process. Prevention of such a war should be the focus of U.S. policy.<br> <br> The best prevention based on the NDS is deterrence. Such deterrence could come in the form of acquisition agility. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act calls for increased acquisition agility, as well as the intent of producing rapid capabilities for the U.S. military. Maintaining and improving these capabilities would be a viable and efficient way to deter such emerging threats. It is not enough to simply have the military hardware and services available for production; rather, it is essential to rapidly acquire and deploy these capabilities to the field, or as needs demand. Therefore, the speed of production, while necessary, depends on the transaction speed as dictated by the contracting and acquisition process. But what if this process could be improved? <h3>Contract Inertia</h3> Becoming faster and more agile requires change. One barrier to change is “contract inertia”: comfort in a standardized transactional process and an unwillingness to change such a process, even if the result is more streamlined. Education can reduce this barrier. Sometimes inertia occurs as the participants have failed to recognize that the environment has changed, and that the present system, and its requirements, or assumptions, may also have changed. For example, consider the QWERTY system used on modern keyboards; this system was originally designed in the age of mechanical typewriters to slow typing, in order to avoid the jamming of the metal keys. With modern keyboards, there no longer is a need to slow down the typing and yet the system persists. Arguably, this resistance could be rooted in complacency, comfort or resistance to change, and yet its present users also may not know of the basic rationale for the original system, which has been largely forgotten over time. Thus, part of the impetus for change lies in understanding why there could be resistance. This resistance could be rooted in fear, risk aversion, control, perceived inefficiencies, process ownership, and commitment to past actions, to name a few motivations.<br> <br> In any case, communicating, disseminating and learning are essential components to facilitating change. Therefore, within government contracting, while current systems such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) are put in place for most standard programs, in times of need and rapid innovation, flexible options should be explored and considered. <h3>Flexibility in Defense Contracting</h3> Within the FAR, flexibility in contracting is allowed for both the government and contractors on a case-by-case basis. As mentioned, even outside the FAR within defense contracting, there are alternative options such as OTAs, Procurement for Experiments, and R&D Agreements. The options are in place; we need to ask, “When should these options be deployed and what are the pros and cons of such utilization?” The FAR and its supplements obviously were put in place for a reason. Doing away with these standards entirely would not be advisable. Making significant changes also will not be a near-term option, due to the time needed to implement the changes, have the changes flow down, and for the industry adapt to these modifications. Instead, adaptive approaches based on case-by-case program requirements should continue to be utilized.<br> Every defense program is different, each with varied priorities and complexities. Thus, it would be overly simplistic to assume that flexibility in contracting can apply in the same way to all programs. Doubtless, some contracting methods, such as the standard FAR/DFARS regulations, are in place to facilitate a standardized approach applicable for most defense programs. However, OTAs or R&D Agreements are options that should be considered more openly to ensure that there is a more flexible contracting approach. <h3>The New Deterrence: Rapid Deployment and Agility</h3> In military-based Deterrence Theory, there is concept of having an advanced weapon capability with no intention of using it except as a last resort. The premise of this theory is that the fear of retaliation prevents aggression on the part of adversary powers. This Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policy has worked in the past Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.<br> <br> Today, this threat is given more weight depending on the possible speed with which a response can be made. The ability to field new military capabilities and have adequate services available as rapidly as possible facilitates deterrence. Of course, R&D of such defense technology will make up the bulk of the turnaround time for deployment, there will be an equally important transaction time through the appropriate requests for proposals to received proposals, to contract award, and then to follow-on contracts. Contractual arrangements between the government and the contractor pave the way for deploying hardware and services. Therefore, a focus on speed and flexibility in acquisition is a necessity in deterring emerging threats to both the United States and its allies. <h3>Path Forward</h3> Following Lewin’s model, change requires communication, clarification, empowerment and involvement in the process. Current acquisition needs to be cognizant of peer-state adversaries and prepare for new domains of future conflict. For example, the Department of Defense has prioritized hypersonic technology, given the clear advances in this technology by Russia and China. Director James Faist of the Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities argued that OTAs, in this case, could avoid the obstacles of traditional contracting, “The intent is to get rid of the contractual … valley of death.” That valley is any hindrance to acquisition speed and agility.<br> At present, there is no one size fits all approach, but proper planning for future needs is a necessity. This requires an ongoing situation analysis—meaning intelligence gathering, in terms of the present system, its assumptions, its requirements, and where there are opportunities for a competitive advantage, which in turn provide opportunity for deterrence.<br> <br> If rapid deployment and agility are viable to deterrence, then one competitive advantage would be innovativeness in the process of change itself. As suggested by the strategy advisor, Ross Dawson, such innovation governance would center on a unified vision. This vision would prioritize innovation objectives and would reveal how innovation contributes to future success. Of course, to manage risk, an organizations’ risk-to-reward tolerance must be clarified, prior to the development of management team capabilities and establishment of organizational structures and processes. Finally, success hinges on extensive dissemination of this overall innovative vision, within the boundaries of established risk tolerance. However, fundamental to innovation (a form of change) is the understanding of the compelling reason for change, as outlined by this article—essentially, an inability to adapt (inertia and complacency) could be considered a national security risk.<br> <br> Such risk is not deterred solely by awareness but also by the ability to proactively act when there is a threat (e.g., cyber-terrorism, a significant threat to the United States), for which until now there has been little preparation. As it stands, however, the government does have options at its disposal, but these options need to be utilized on a proactive as opposed to a reactive basis. Being efficient and agile are parts of being proactive.<br> <br> Peer adversaries are moving faster than ever in defense. In order for the United States to maintain its military superiority, it must be adaptive, not only in the production process but also in the transactional process through its contracting methodology. Thus, contract inertia or inertia of any kind that hinders innovation and puts U.S. defense advancement at risk could be a significant national security risk that requires resolution.<br> <br> It is necessary to move a change plan forward to complete the third step in Lewin’s model. Consistent with this but providing further guidance from common elements across other change models, is a framework offered by the University of Virginia. This involves communications, engagement, training, support, metrics and transition sustainment. More specifically, this plan depends on defining the need, the change, assessing the environment and, finally, the impact on the three types of change (people, process/structure and technology). To succeed, two-way communication and engagement are needed to explain the “why” and the desired outcomes, while understanding and developing the human resources and embedding change into systems, processes, and policies (anchoring the changes in the culture). This change will require reinforcement, measurement, continuous improvement, and the celebration of successes, in order to battle contract inertia and maintain competitiveness in deterrence and security risks to the United States and its allies. <hr />Quiñones is a contracts professional of the Lockheed Martin Corporation and is experienced in government and commercial contracting, acquisition management, international business and market research. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Florida. Cudmore is a professor at the FIT’s Bisk College of Business and has a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.<br> <br> The authors can be contacted at <a class="ak-cke-href" href="mailto:equinones2015@my.fit.edu">equinones2015@my.fit.edu</a> and <a class="ak-cke-href" href="mailto:acudmore@fit.edu">acudmore@fit.edu</a>.</div>string;#/library/defense-atl/blog/Adaptive-Acquisition---A-Cure-for-Contract-Inertia
Leaning Forward Into the New Yearhttps://www.dau.edu/library/defense-atl/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=162Leaning Forward Into the New Year2020-01-01T12:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/defense-atl/PublishingImages/DefAcq_Jan_20_banner-2.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/library/defense-atl/PublishingImages/DefAcq_Jan_20_banner-2.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/defense-atl/PublishingImages/DefAcq_Jan_20_banner-2.jpg<div class="ExternalClass7369FAF0D76D49CAA9D58C86A1509DEF">A new year has begun for OUR team. We continue using the momentum built thus far to propel us forward. Take a look at where we have come from. <br> <br> On Feb. 1, 2018, we stood up the new Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) organization as mandated by Congress—and on Sept. 4, 2018, we had our first official day as a reorganized department. Of course, we used this opportunity to better shape our organization and acquisition system to meet the demands of the 21st century. Even while leadership has changed, our mission endures: Enable the Delivery and Sustainment of Secure and Resilient Capabilities to the Warfighter and Internal Partners Quickly and Cost Effectively. Our National Defense Strategy was instrumental as we built departmental norms and strategy. <br> <br> A&S employees at all levels are driving the organization forward together, full speed ahead with several significant projects.<br> <br> For starters, the Adaptive Acquisition Framework has been introduced, along with a rewrite of what had become a cumbersome document, the Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 5000 Series. This way forward removes a longstanding system of bureaucracy and red tape by turning the procurement process into one that empowers users to be creative decision makers and problem solvers. The acquisition workforce will choose between a set of established pathways and timelines—specifically designed for a diversity of purchases—requiring different levels of urgency. Using the new policy, acquisition professionals will be given autonomy, within legal parameters, to churn up tailored solutions. All of these revisions should allow for DoD partnerships with commercial industry in real time, enabling the DoD to keep products up to date with emerging technologies, and delivering capabilities “at the speed of relevance.” <br> <br> Improving program sustainment outcomes for the F-35 fighter jet is another top priority for A&S. Developed to replace multiple U.S. fighter jets with a platform that maximizes commonality, and therefore economies of scale, the DoD has fielded three configurations to satisfy United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy and multiple international partners’ tactical aircraft requirements. A&S is dedicated to achieving the DoD’s aim for an 80 percent mission capability rating by defining performance imperatives, metrics, establishing detailed success elements and applying commercial best practices. These efforts help ensure a ready and affordable fleet of fifth-generation fighters critical to preserving air dominance both for the United States and our allied partners in this era of strategic competition.<br> <br> <img alt="" src="/library/defense-atl/DATLFiles/Jan-Feb2020/DefAcq_Jan20_article1_image1.jpg" style="margin:3px;float:left;width:350px;height:400px;" />Like anywhere else, DoD systems are enabled by hardware but are defined by the software used. With the technology industry innovating quickly, the DoD must figure out how to keep up with fast moving software development and life cycles. By engaging Agile and DevOps methods for more iterative processing, end users will be involved earlier and more often, enabling continuous integration and helping the DoD meet its goal to develop and sustain software simultaneously. Based on recommendations by the Defense Innovation Board, a new software acquisition policy of approaching the challenge from the business side is being finalized to allow for these more rapid techniques. Pilot programs are rolling out to define corresponding procedures even further. Along these lines, the DoD has asked Congress to specifically appropriate money for defense software and is awaiting budget review and National Defense Authorization Act spending decisions. <br> <br> The Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was developed (using the best industry standards) to ensure the cyber hygiene of the Defense Industrial Base is complete and protects critical information in the DoD. As part of the CMMC, a consortium of unbiased parties will oversee the training, quality and administration of a third party that will certify that industrial base partners uphold accepted standards. This effort was spearheaded by our Acquisition team in working to roll out version 0.6 of the model by November 2019 and version 1.0 by the first of this year. The consortium is to begin training and accreditation of certifiers with certification beginning by June. Contracts will be required to include this certification in their evaluation criteria, beginning this October.<br> <br> Chemical agents Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) are part of a larger chemical class known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Following a health advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that warned against PFAS chemicals in drinking water, studies discovered the presence of the harmful agents in many industrial and consumer products, including nonstick cookware and microwave popcorn bags.<br> <br> In DoD applications, the chemicals have been found in firefighting foam used to rapidly extinguish fuel fires. Although successful in protecting against catastrophic loss of life and property, it is now known that the release of PFAS can potentially contaminate private wells and public water systems. A national committee and a task force were established to provide an aggressive, holistic approach to find and fund an effective substitute for firefighting foam without PFAS, develop and implement cleanup standards, make lasting policy change, and coordinate across federal agencies. The DoD discontinued land-based use of the firefighting foam in training, testing and maintenance. Now, when the foam is used in emergencies to save lives, releases are treated as a chemical spill. Affected soil is contained and removed, to ensure that no additional PFAS pollute the groundwater. The DoD has identified 36 drinking water systems containing unsafe PFOS and PFOA—some of those systems are servicing military installations and surrounding communities. In an effort to protect these areas, A&S is using investigative data to prioritize the U.S. Government’s actions in appropriately addressing drinking water issues caused by DoD activities. <br> <br> Going forward, the A&S organization will continue aligning itself to support the DoD’s top priorities. These projects, and many others, are critical pieces that fit together into the much larger goals of defending the country and arming the Warfighter. <br></div>string;#/library/defense-atl/blog/Leaning-Forward--Into-the-New-Year

 

 

AMU Offers Year-Round Degree Programs at Affordable Costshttps://www.dau.edu/partnerships/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=25AMU Offers Year-Round Degree Programs at Affordable Costs2020-01-06T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/partnerships/PublishingImages/AMU_DAU_Banner.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/partnerships/PublishingImages/AMU_DAU_Banner.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/partnerships/PublishingImages/AMU_DAU_Banner.jpg<div class="ExternalClassAA97821A9A7A41C5B917B227A5A1C325"><strong>AMU Offers Year-Round Degree Programs at Affordable Costs</strong><br> <br> American Military University has been educating the men and women in our armed forces and defense and intelligence communities since its founding in 1991.<br> <br> In 2020, <a href="https://www.apus.edu/" target="_blank">American Public University System</a> (APUS) is opening enrollment opportunities to all servicemembers through <a href="https://start.amu.apus.edu/degrees/overview">AMU’s flexible and highly affordable online degree programs and certificates</a>. And if you have completed DAU courses, you’ll be happy to know that we’re accepting most transfer credits, making the cost of an AMU higher education degree even more affordable.<br> <br> So, whether you are responsible for contracting, information technology, transportation and logistics, or other DoD career fields, AMU’s career-relevant education helps meet your needs and professional development goals.<br> <br> AMU online courses are designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of our military. Classes start monthly with no set login times that let students study whether on a rotating work shift or on deployment.<br> <br> In addition, students benefit from our highly credentialed faculty, many of whom hold key positions in government agencies.<br> <br> AMU’s new tuition grant, effective January 1, 2020, will cover tuition above the TA cap of $250 per credit hour and offers a book grant to all U.S. active-duty servicemembers for master’s-level courses. The affordability and programs taught by faculty practitioners help place well-structured higher education programs within reach of virtually all active duty military personnel and their spouses.<br> <br> <br> In addition to a high-quality online education, student benefits include: <ul> <li>A five percent tuition grant</li> <li>A technology fee waiver, a $50 per course savings</li> <li>Free textbooks and ebooks for both undergraduate and graduate students</li> <li>Access to a dedicated admissions team that can help you select the right program to meet your career goals</li> <li>DAU course equivalency transfer credits for undergraduate and graduate courses</li> </ul> <br> Classes start monthly, so students never have to wait long before starting the next phase of their education journey. For more information, go online to <a href="https://start.amu.apus.edu/degrees/overview">https://start.amu.apus.edu/degrees/overview</a> or <a href="/training">https://www.dau.edu/training</a>.</div>string;#/partnerships/blog/AMU-Offers Year-Round-Degree-Programs-at-Affordable-Costs
100% Online Degrees Built for Career Successhttps://www.dau.edu/partnerships/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=24100% Online Degrees Built for Career Success2019-09-17T12:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/partnerships/PublishingImages/PointUniversity_DAUBanner_noGrayBox.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/partnerships/PublishingImages/PointUniversity_DAUBanner_noGrayBox.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/partnerships/PublishingImages/PointUniversity_DAUBanner_noGrayBox.jpg<div class="ExternalClassD4A0C3C40D8E438E90AE9ACAE1DB06BB"><h2><strong>Earn a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Certificate in a Convenient, 100% Online Format </strong></h2> Point University, one of the top 50 Regional Colleges in the South, is excited to offer Defense Acquisition Workforce members a 15% discount off tuition for our online programs. You can benefit from the convenience and flexibility of online learning as you complete a rewarding degree. Explore bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs in a range of in-demand fields.<br> <br> Our 100% online programs prepare motivated professionals to stand out in the field by combining the skills employers seek with robust faith-based courses that provide the foundation for intellectual, professional, and spiritual development—all on a schedule that suits your busy lifestyle.<br> <br> Whether you want to take your career to the next level by pursuing an advanced degree or want to hone your skills with a graduate-level certificate, Point University will help you further your education and profession with a career-focused degree that offers: <ul> <li><strong>Reduced tuition rates:</strong> You’ll receive a 15% tuition discount off in-demand bachelor’s, master’s, and certificates in areas such as accounting, business, public administration, human resource management, and leadership. </li> <li><strong>Flexible course formats</strong>: Our 100% online courses do not require mandatory login times, which means you have the flexibility and convenience of setting a weekly study schedule that works best for you.</li> <li><strong>Convenient learning schedules:</strong> Our flexible programs allow you to access courses around the clock, day or night, granting you the freedom to complete your studies without sacrificing work or family commitments. </li> <li><strong>A supportive environment:</strong> At Point, we are invested in your success. Our professors provide personal attention alongside the academic and spiritual guidance you need to achieve your professional goals.</li> <li><strong>Ready to set yourself apart?</strong> Earn a 100% online bachelor’s, master’s, or certificate from Point University. <a href="http://online.point.edu/lp/dau">Learn more about our available programs </a>or contact an enrollment advisor at 844-671-5839 to get started.</li> </ul></div>string;#/partnerships/blog/100-Online-Degrees-Built-for-Career-Success

 

 

Powerful Example: Army IVAS brings together the right requirements with the right acquisition strategystring;#/powerful-examples/Blog/Powerful-Example--Army-IVASPowerful Example: Army IVAS brings together the right requirements with the right acquisition strategy2020-01-27T17:00:00ZTony Romano and Jim Whitehead, DAU IVAS engagement co-leadsstring;#/powerful-examples/Blog/Powerful-Example--Army-IVAS
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Think Differently: Cybersecurity and the Adaptive Acquisition Framework https://www.dau.edu/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=184Think Differently: Cybersecurity and the Adaptive Acquisition Framework 2020-02-05T23:00:00Zstring;#/events/Think Differently - Cybersecurity and the Adaptive Acquisition Framework
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