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Defense Acquisition July-August 2019


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July - August 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

Project Apollo: Celebrating 50 Years of Enduring Acquisition Lessons

Mike McGhee and Joe Moschler

This world historical event offers numerous lessons for success in acquisition today. There were the basics of teaming, such as communication, trust and conflict resolution. But far more than the basics was required. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Always Remember What’s at Stake

LTC Ramsey Oliver, USA, Maj Erin Brilla, USAF and Capt Miguel Vallejo, USAF

All it takes is one desperate call from a soldier downrange to shift acquisition perspective, disrupting a seemingly comfortable program office tempo with a powerful reminder of operational impacts. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Awarding the Best Value Solution: First in a Series

Steven E. Moore, Ph.D.

After 3 years, has Value Adjusted Total Evaluated Price (VATEP) satisfied the stated goal of supporting a “Best Value” decision by delivering higher-performing systems? What are the lessons learned in using VATEP? (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Simulations Versus Case Studies Tabletop Development and Play

Eugene A. Razzetti

Last in a Three-Part Series A tabletop exercise is a discussion-based event in a “classroom” setting to address the actions of participants in response to an emergency—a preliminary “proving ground” for a product. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Improving Opportunity Analysis

Robert D. Frum, DCS

Identifying, evaluating and communicating opportunities should be a best practice for every business investment analysis—hopefully, to increase gain or reduce loss. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

7 Traits of High-Performing Acquisition Teams

Brian Schultz

Since integrated product teams plan and execute our acquisition programs, acquisition results will improve if we develop better-performing teams. Let us identify and replicate the traits that can make them so. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Faster, Freer, Flexible? The Zero-Integrator Experiment

Col Jeremy Raley, Ph.D.; Fotis Barlos, Ph.D.; Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Hallmark program is meant to revolutionize Space Enterprise Command and Control, but DARPA also has experimented with a new acquisition model called Zero-Integrator. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Documentation Remains the Key in GAO Protests

Janel C. Wallace, J.D.

The most common reasons for sustaining contract protests in Fiscal Year 2018 were (1) unreasonable technical evaluation; (2) unreasonable cost or price evaluation; (3) flawed selection decision. Contract protests increase despite a downward trend in protest sustainment. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

July - August 2019

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