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Defense AT&L - July-August 2015

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Program Manager Assessments - Professionalism Personified 
Frank Kendall

From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

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Integrating Innovation - Keeping the Leading Edge 
Kevin Fahey 

The U.S. military once led in inventing technologies that would become dominant in general public use. Now we see the opposite pattern—the commercial sector achieves the breakthrough and the military adopts and adapts it. 

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The Challenge of Technological Superiority 
Alan Shaffer 

The Defense Department’s technological superiority is at greater risk than ever when threats proliferate and greater capability is needed to engage and operate in many areas. 

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Removing Bureaucracy 
Katharina McFarland 

The acquisition process should not be so bureaucratically burdensome that people are willing to reduce capability to avoid it. Tailoring can reduce unnecessary reviews and documentation. 

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Modernizing Our Industrial Base - The National Security Challenge of Our Time 
Andre Gudger 

The United States still enjoys the strongest and most advanced military, but its competitive edge has narrowed and in some areas has been surpassed. Better Buying Power 3.0 initiatives seek to reverse this trend. 

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Owning the Technical Baseline—a Key Enabler - Agility as the Counterweight to Uncertainty and Change 
William A. LaPlante, Ph.D. 

For weapons systems to accommodate unavoidable but often unexpected changes, systems must be designed for constant modification and quick adaptability. 

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Improving Tradecraft of Services Acquisition 
Alan Estevez and Ken Brennan 

The Department of Defense recently has spent more money on contracted services than on weapons systems. But buying contract services lacks the structured governance and oversight of weapons acquisitions. 

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Getting the Requirements Right 
Sean J. Stackley, USN 

The Navy must understand the technical details of its weapons and platforms long before, and after, industry is contracted to produce them. That technical ownership is partly what couples the Navy requirements community closely to the Navy acquisition community, and vice versa. 

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Tasked and Ready - The Army’s Commitment to the Better Buying Power Program 
Heidi Shyu 

Better Buying Power 3.0 offers a vital, focused emphasis on achieving dominance over broad responsibilities through innovation and technical excellence. As technologies continue evolving rapidly, the Army must quickly insert and adapt cutting-edge capabilities. 

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Reward Industry for Innovative Outcomes 
RADM Allie Coetzee, USN 

The Department of Defense is reexamining business arrangements to promote broader industry participation, motivate delivery of advances in combat capabilities, and recognize the need for deliberate speed to stay ahead. 

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Sustainment and Logistics in Better Buying Power 
David J. Berteau 

The latest guidance emphasizes not just increasing Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) but also ensuring its effective use. Specific actions include developing common ways to measure PBL effectiveness, using those measures to track and report results quarterly. 

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Market Research Faster, Smarter and Predictive 
Kenyata Wesley and Farhad Chowdhury 

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