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Defense Acquisition January-February 2019


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January - February 2019

Defense Acquisition is a bimonthly magazine published by DAU Press for senior military personnel, civilians, defense contractors, and defense industry professionals in program management and acquisition, technology and logistics workforce.

ISSN 2637-5060

View as PDF  10 Articles in This Magazine

Simulation and Scenario-Based Training

James N. Phillips, Jr., DBA, PMP, CFCM

Simulation trains and infuses meaningful experience to participants. Scenario-based models focus on team building and repeated use of a process, creating a common core of team experience. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

The DAES Process A Historical Perspective

Lawrence T. Gwozdz n Paul M. Kadzwa

The Defense Acquisition Executive Summary remains a principal way of communicating acquisition program status to the key executive. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

“Better, Faster, Cheaper”— Possible but Unlikely

Robert T. McCann

Nash Equilibrium Theory and Defense Contracting. Perhaps the best way to understand program difficulties is to look at the overall context, rather than focus on subparts. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Shift Test Planning Left Benefits and Challenges of Doing It Earlier

Mike Caram & Barbara Smith

How about requiring completion of all system-level developmental test plans prior to delivery of the first test article? This might seem too difficult given the design immaturity, but it offers real advantages. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Rescuing a Failing Program Can It Be Saved or Are We Too Late?

Eugene A. Razzetti

What happens when contracts as written don’t produce satisfactory results? Can it be fixed or do you pull the plug? (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

VAT Is Where It’s At Securing Value Added Tax Exemptions on International Acquisitions

Stephen Speciale

DoD usually doesn’t have to pay the VAT. But a clear understanding is needed of State Department agreements with the country involved and the transaction must be set up correctly at the beginning to avoid delay, complication and non-repayment. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

How Critical Is Critical Thinking?

Brian E. Schultz

Careful planning is needed on how best to apply critical thinking in an organizational context—and invest the time, training and application to gain proficiency in this skill. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Career Management in the 4th Estate

Scott Bauer

Last year marked continued classroom and on-site training for personnel in DoD’s nonmilitary branches, as well as initiation of a new leadership development week that is expected to become an annual event. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Readiness Workups Versus Investments

Jennifer Miller, D.B.A.

Financial management is a key element threaded throughout program management. Options are examined to inform and develop readiness as opposed to investment options for leaders to consider. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

January - February 2019

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