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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 97

The theme for this issue is “Optimizing Operations.” The first article addresses a timely subject. “Distributed Operations in Response to COVID-19: Assessing Workforce Perceptions of Productivity…

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 97

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 97
Image removed.The theme for this issue is “Optimizing Operations.”

The first article addresses a timely subject. “Distributed Operations in Response to COVID-19: Assessing Workforce Perceptions of Productivity and Success,” by Glenn Tolentino, John Wood, and Shane Riley, shows how the Department of Defense workforce transitioned to distributed, maximum telework operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This study shows the effects of maximum telework on an organization in the areas of personnel productivity and project success.

The second article is “A Simulation-based Optimization Approach to Logistic and Supply Chain Network Design” by Michael C. Jones, Thomas A. Mazzuchi, and Shahram Sarkani. The authors evaluate how simulations can overcome problems with over-simplifications made in logistics and supply chain analysis, such as constant per-unit transportation costs regardless of the size of the shipment or the route taken. They propose a practical approach to optimizing supply chains in the face of uncertainty.

The third article, by Bradford A. Myers, Edward D. White, Jonathan D. Ritschel, and R. David Fass, is “Quantifying the Effects of Aircraft Engine Upgrades on Operating and Support Costs.” The authors explore how new engines for fixed wing Air Force aircraft empirically affect operating and support costs, and conclude that better fuel efficiency more than offsets maintenance costs, resulting in a net savings.

This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on another timely subject—Remote Work.

The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say—and What You Don’t, by CAPT L. David Marquet, USN (Ret.), reviewed by Brian J. Duddy.

Dr. Richard Altieri has left the Editorial Board. We thank him for his service.
We welcome Mr. Eric Lofgren to the Editorial Board.

Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro
Chairman and Executive Editor
Defense ARJ