The Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards recognize a variety of team and individual achievements in Defense acquisition, including flexibility in contracting and software innovation. The Honorable Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, hosted a ceremony for awardees and their guests October 29 to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments.
Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Awards
The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement recognizes individuals demonstrating the highest levels of excellence and professionalism in the acquisition of products and services. These awards were originally established as part of the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 “to recognize excellent performance by individuals and teams of members” who support the warfighters and protect the taxpayer.
Requirements Management – Colonel Sean McMurry
Acquisition in an Expeditionary Environment – Major Eugene Choi
Auditing – Jessica Oliver
Contracting and Procurement – Simon Klink
Cost Estimating – Nicole Gulla
Earned Value Management – Melissa Ransom
Engineering – Joseph Krumenacker
Facilities Engineering – Laureen Borochaner
Financial Management – Julie Blankenbaker
Information Technology – Captain Yazmin Garcia Smith
International Partnership – Jean-Anne Butler
Life Cycle Logistics – Chief Warrant Officer 4 Martin Lopez
Production, Quality, and Manufacturing – James Gregory Clark
Program Management – Colonel David Warnick
Science and Technology Management – Lieutenant Colonel Mara Kreishman-Deitrick
Services Acquisition – Alicia Spurling
Small Business – Paul Ward
Software – George Senger
Test and Evaluation – Colonel Varun Puri
Defense Acquisition Workforce Team Awards
Software Innovation Team – U.S. Air Force’s Kessel Run Team
The Software Innovation Team Award recognizes teams who are driving speed, innovation, and the use of best practices in software development and acquisition.
Kessel Run is a model for Defense DevSecOps and Agile software acquisition. The Kessel Run team fielded 18 capabilities, including a tanker-planning tool, using agile software development and lean start-up methodologies. Collaborating with the Mad Hatter team, they modernized the F-35 Autonomous Logistics Information System. Kessel Run can push applications into SIPR in under an hour with the Department’s first Continuous Authority to Operate. Kessel Run awards contracts on average in 70 days. Their operational value is unparalleled, delivering capability into the field every 14 hours.
Flexibility in Contracting – National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s JANUS Team
The Flexibility in Contracting Award recognizes outstanding professionals for their innovative and adaptive use of the flexibilities and authorities granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02 to increase the efficiency of programs.
The JANUS Acquisition Team is recognized for their innovation and success, resulting in the award of more than 30 contracts in support of Foundation Geospatial Intelligence products. The contracts exceed $2 billion in value and include $320 million in set-asides for small businesses. NGA obligated over $174 million, spending 60% less than anticipated due to the innovative source selection and competitive delivery order processes. The JANUS contracts allowed NGA to purchase higher volumes of data and products, twice as much as compared to the previous contracts.
Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards
The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards recognize excellence by acquisition organizations in developing unique and innovative solutions to ensure that their workforce is well equipped to deliver world-class warfighting capabilities. These awards highlight outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges.
Large Organization – U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command – Ground Vehicle Systems Center (Warren, MI)
This organization created and implemented workforce development programs to better train and prepare the future acquisition workforce and its emerging leaders. Their initiatives include the Recent Graduate Network, sponsorship and mentorship programs, numerous technical and leadership training opportunities that consist of weekly innovation talks, and peer-to-peer and formal recognition programs. The Ground Vehicle Systems Center’s initiatives will have longstanding positive effects for years to come through the investment, development, and recognition of their workforce.
Small Organization – U.S. Special Operations Command’s Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (MacDill AFB, FL)
This organization implemented initiatives to prepare the next generation workforce for greater responsibility by creating opportunities through internship and Ghost programs, specialized trainings, and key-leader development positions. They engage their early career workforce through a comprehensive program that promotes supervisor-mentoring, career planning, and tailored training. The workforce development team implemented a new community of interest and recruitment site to enhance their workforce and talent management initiatives. The Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics organization utilizes novel communication tools and strategies to recruit, retain, and professionalize their workforce to bolster capability readiness.
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