New April 2020 issue of Defense Acquisition Research Journal
The theme of this April 2020 issue of the Defense ARJ is “Growing Pains,” focusing on the challenges many defense acquisition programs face with cost and schedule. Research papers include:
- Software Productivity Trends and Issues - Demand for software-enabled capabilities is growing faster than the defense industrial base’s capacity to supply those capabilities. Achieving Department of Defense goals will require major expansion of software productive capacity or significant reduction in demand for software-enabled capabilities.
- Analysis of Military Construction Cost Growth in USAF Major Defense Acquisition Programs - Using descriptive and inferential statistics, the authors investigate and determine how cost estimates for military construction projects at the program and project level change over time for USAF-led ACAT I acquisition programs.
- Inflation and Price Escalation Adjustments in Estimating Program Costs: F-35 Case Study - This article illustrates the importance of basing estimates of future program prices on historical price increases of similar systems. In the case of tactical aircraft, using general inflation rates to predict future aircraft prices is likely to lead to serious underestimates of future cost..
- Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition – This section focuses on Acquisition Reform. It contains descriptions of several key resources, along with links to the DAU Knowledge Repository sites.
- Professional Reading List - The featured reading in this issue’s Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List is entitled “To Provide and Maintain a Navy: 1775–1945”. As a reminder, in addition to the Defense ARJ’s Acquisition Professional Reading List, DAU also offers a separate Life Cycle Logistics Professional Reading List for DoD product support, sustainment, and logistics professionals.
Our editors have asked me to also share that a new interactive online version of Defense ARJ is also available! The updated version allows readers to flip through the pages just like an actual book. All the links and emails are clickable, and it's mobile ready. You can view the full interactive online edition of our latest issue or view a Section 508 compliant version. Whichever option you choose is entirely up to you!
A quick reminder that The Defense Acquisition Research Journal (ARJ) is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal published by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). All submissions receive a blind review to ensure impartial evaluation. Articles represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the DAU or the Department of Defense.