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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 103

The theme for this issue is “Adapting to the COVID Challenge.” Since early 2020, the globe has been in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic that, as of this writing, has diminished but by no means…

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 103

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 103
Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro
Image removed.The theme for this issue is “Adapting to the COVID Challenge.” Since early 2020, the globe has been in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic that, as of this writing, has diminished but by no means completely disappeared. The three articles in this issue describe the evolution in management, engineering, and workforce practices that were already in motion when COVID-19 became widespread, but which were accelerated as a result of the pandemic.

The first paper, “Assessing Workforce Perceptions of Productivity and Success After 730 Days of Distributed Operations in Response to COVID-19,” by Glenn Tolentino, John Wood, and Shane Riley, analyzes the reactions of the Defense Acquisition Workforce to the telework revolution. Using the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific as the case history, the authors show how an organization with minimum telework experience was able to fully transition to a virtual, distributed, and maximum telework posture, while the majority of its workforce continued performing its duties in a virtual and secure distributed environment.

The second paper, “Proactive Obsolescence Management Methods for C5ISR Systems: Insights from Practitioners,” by Matthew D. Chellin and Erika E. Miller, looks at the importance of keeping long-lived systems running effectively, given worldwide manufacturing and material shortages occurring in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current (as of this writing) Russo-Ukrainian War. The article synthesizes insights from the experiences of government and industry practitioners in mitigating systems obsolescence, using a preliminary proactive obsolescence management model, risk mitigation framework, and metrics.

The third paper, by Patrick Assef and Jeremy Geiger, titled “Adoption of Model-Based Systems Engineering in Traditional DoD Systems,” is concerned with de-emphasizing a centralized, office- and document-based physical approach and transitioning to a digitized Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) paradigm, which can facilitate the functioning of a virtual, distributed engineering workforce. The authors assess the time and resources needed for this transition as a benchmark for other defense program managers.

This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Acquisition Strategy.

The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is Start with No: The Negotiating Tools that the Pros Don't Want You to Know, by Jim Camp, reviewed by John Krieger.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. John Ronald Fox of the Harvard Business School. Ron was a longtime friend and editorial board member of the Defense ARJ. His contributions will be greatly missed.

Dr. Steven Fasko has left the Editorial Board. We thank him for his service.

We welcome Dr. Georgella McRae to the Editorial Board.