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Defense Acquisition January-February 2020


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January - February 2020

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  11 Articles in This Magazine

From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Ellen Lord

Leaning Forward Into the New Year. Where we’ve come from, and where we are headed in 2020. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Afghanistan Operations Reconstruction 10 Nonpolitical Takeaways for DoD Program Managers

Eugene A. Razzetti

U.S.-based acquisition professionals must get involved in decision making earlier to ensure that we’re providing the right products and making those products as provably effective, robust, reliable and sustainable as possible. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Creative Thinking Is the Cornerstone of Critical Thinking

Debra E. Hahn

What are your objectives? To solve a problem, rather than discover general information, ask specific questions and avoid being confined by bureaucratic stovepipes. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Making the Most of Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques

William F. Rowell, Ph.D; Seth A. Guldin, MS; Steven N. Thorsen, Ph.D and

Darryl K. Ahner, Ph.D.

Examine best practices in the areas of people, training, integration and external support. The most important attribute is a willingness to pro-actively learn, gain and implement a working knowledge of these techniques. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Adaptive Acquisition: A Cure for Contract Inertia

Edgar Quiñones, DBA and B. Andrew Cudmore, Ph.D.

The three steps in change management are: unfreeze (prepare for the desired change), change (implement the desired change), and refreeze (solidify the desired changes). (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

A Portfolio Management-Based Acquisition Model?

Brian Schultz

The requirements and acquisition communities must collaborate and work in a more integrated manner. Acquisition expertise provides the technical, engineering and business knowhow; requirements managers provide the mission expertise. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Reducing Barriers to Workforce Innovation

Robert Frum

An organizational innovation framework improves the opportunity for maximizing positive change from ad hoc to a systematic approach for success. Innovative index probabilities provide an objective measure of an organization’s innovation culture. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Squeezing More Value From Test

Lt Col David Petrucci, USAF

A program office practice could be elevated to the Configuration Steering Boards to help make better-informed decisions on verification program adjustments and squeeze more value out of test. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Coast Guard Role in the Great Power Competition

James Landreth, P.E.

The Coast Guard offers unique contributions to national security and must maximize its utility and ensure the viability of its long-term investments. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

January - February 2020

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