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Defense Acquisition July-August 2021


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July - August 2021

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  9 Articles in This Magazine

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Creating Incentivized Agile Contracts

J. Timothy Freihofer, David Dotson, and Rhonda Maus

Contracting officers can use Agile terms and available acquisition flexibilities to take advantage of Agile’s time, schedule, and cost benefits. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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The Four C’s for Successful Other Transactions

Stephen Speciale and Danny Poskey

Other Transactions are booming in the Department of Defense, especially for science, technology, and research and development. Modernized contracting instruments facilitate engagement with industry and response to emerging threats. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Resolving Data-Rights Markings—A Legal Battlefield

Stephanie Burris and Howard Harris

Issues often arise about nonconforming data-rights markings. Examples include guidance on making corrections and where to get more help. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Toward a Performance- and Quality-Based Adaptive Acquisition Framework—AAF Meets International Standards

Eugene A. Razzetti

Under the Adaptive Acquisition Framework, DoD tells contractors what capability it wants, and lets them determine how to provide it. Challenges remain in policing the contracts and creating quality products. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Model-Based Engineering for Product Support

Shawn D. Harrison, PMP

Weapon systems are largely designed (or modified) using Model-Based Engineering. Therefore, three-dimension models should help significantly improve availability and reliability. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Be Strategic! Leverage Technology Insertion and Refreshment on DMSMS Issues

Jay Mandelbaum and Christina Patterson

Planned system modifications to improve performance, reliability, maintainability, or supportability can resolve problems of diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Additive Manufacturing—The Advantages and the Challenges

John Schmelzle, P.E.

Additive manufacturing facilitates rapid fabrication of complex components when and where needed. It also can consolidate assemblies, reduce mass, and create intricate geometries for enhanced fluid flow or heat transfer. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Modern Collaborative Schedule Management for Everyone

LTC Ty LaStrapes, USA

Program managers need a tool to formalize all program-scheduling aspects. Current techniques are prone to configuration errors, are not collaborative or scalable, and often foster stovepipes and use of gatekeepers. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

July - August 2021

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