Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition of Defense ARJ
According to a recent announcement from the magazine editor, “this edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal marks the 25th anniversary of its publication. It began as the Acquisition Review Quarterly in 1994, with the remit to "address the needs of professionals across the full spectrum of defense acquisition." Although it has changed names several times over the years, we are proud to have continued the original mission for a quarter-century, and remain the world's top journal for publishing high-quality, scholarly research into defense acquisition issues.
No one is better suited to tell the history of the journal than the Managing Editor, who has been with the publication for 24 of its 25 years, and has led it from strength to strength. Her introductory essay, "Defense ARJ: 25 Years and Counting," tells the story of how this journal came to be, and how it continues to turn out award-winning editions.
The first research article in this edition (which should be of particular interest to our community), "Approaches to F-35 Depot-Level Maintenance: Insights from Other Systems”, uses historical data from other aircraft programs to weigh the near-term costs of increased maintenance for the F-35 aircraft now rolling out, versus future operational longevity.
The next article, "Identifying and Quantifying Critical 'ilities' in the Acquisition of DoD Systems," explores how using social network analysis can provide greater insights on how individual DoD systems interoperate within a larger portfolio of systems.
The final article, "Intellectual Property and Architecture: New Research on How to Avoid Lock-In,", examines the unique acquisition structure of the Department of Defense as a monopsony (one buyer, many sellers) and the pervasive problem of intellectual property lock-in. The authors analyzed a number of software acquisition cases to develop remedies against acquisition lock-in without having to secure additional intellectual property rights.”