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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 83

The theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Assessing Success.” The first article is “Estimating an Acquisition Program’s Likelihood of Staying Within Cost and Schedule…

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 83

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 83
Image removed.The theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Assessing Success.”
The first article is “Estimating an Acquisition Program’s Likelihood of Staying Within Cost and Schedule Bounds.” The authors, Ryan Trudelle, Edward D. White, Clay Koschnick, Jonathan D. Ritschel, and Brandon Lucas, present an empirical procedure that determines which programmatic characteristics appear to predict the likelihood that programs will exceed certain cost and schedule overrun thresholds. The next article, “Assessing the Likelihood of Achieving Prototyping Benefits in Systems Acquisition” by Maroun Medlej, Steven M. F. Stuban, and Jason R. Dever, proposes an approach for assessing the probability of achieving the expected prototyping benefits, based on identifying and weighting the factors that produce those outcomes.

Following this is the article by Scott S. Haraburda, “Supply Chain Management Maturity Level Assessment,” which examines the Supply Chain Management Maturity Model developed by Crane Army Ammunition Activity and suggests how other DoD organizations can use this model to determine the focus areas for initial and ongoing improvements. Finally, the online-only paper by Tim Clardy, Shahram Sarkani, and Thomas A. Mazzuchi, “Preferred Job Competencies of Engineering Leaders in DoD,” analyzes the job advertisements for DoD engineering leadership positions, and interprets the competencies preferred among the different employers in six dimensions.
The featured book in this issue’s Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List is Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881–1921 by Paul E. Pedisich, reviewed by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling of the National Defense University.
Finally, I am pleased to take this opportunity to express my admiration for, and extend my appreciation to, the DAU Press staff, notably Norene Taylor, Emily Beliles, and Diane Fleischer, who are responsible for the Defense Acquisition Research Journal receiving the APEX 2017 Award for Publication Excellence in the category of “One-of-a-Kind Publications—Government.” This is the third year in a row that the Defense ARJ has been so recognized, which is a testament to their hard work and dedication.