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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 98

The theme for this issue is “Reimagining Program Management.” The volume, velocity, and complexity of change, adversarial advances, emerging technologies, as well as new and adaptive acquisition…

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 98

From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 98
Image removed.The theme for this issue is “Reimagining Program Management.” The volume, velocity, and complexity of change, adversarial advances, emerging technologies, as well as new and adaptive acquisition policies, have upended previous business models and are shaping anew the way we live, think, work, learn, and lead. When it comes to acquisition, the program manager bears the brunt of change more often than most. As such, how might we reimagine the role of program managers to inspire and empower them to stay at the forefront and lead change rather than be forced to simply react to it?

The first paper, “Aligning Program Management Competencies to Industry Standards” by Jonathan L. Karnes and Robert F. Mortlock, examines DoD program management (PM) training standards by providing traceability between the DoD PM competencies and the Project Management Institute (PMI)'s standards for project, which were required by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

The second paper, “Exploring Performance in Air Force Science and Technology Programs” by Eric A. Plack, Jonathan D. Ritschel, Edward D. White, Clay M. Koschnick, and Scott T. Drylie, examines Air Force science and technology programs, and assesses the linkages between technology maturation, cost/schedule growth, contract values, program type, and the contractor-government construct.

The third paper, “Extra! Using the Newsvendor Model to Optimize War Reserve Storage” by Minou Pak, Joshua L. Peeples, and Joseph T. Klamo, presents a method for selecting an optimal war reserve inventory level using expected marginal cost analysis, in support of future troop surges occurring in the face of uncertainty regarding the intensity and adversary of future conflicts.

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

The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List book review is Mariana Mazzucato, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, reviewed by Dr. John D. McCormack.

We welcome Dr. Marina Theodotou to the Editorial Board, whose ideas helped shape this issue’s editorial remarks.

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


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