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Defense Acquisition Magazine Sept-Oct 2021


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September - October 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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How to Accelerate Change in Your Program Office

Maj. A.J. DeNeve, USAF, and Brian R. Price, Ph.D.

Seven steps include using cross-functional teams to solve problems, keeping your organization small, and involving the Warfighter. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Revisiting John Boyd and the OODA Loop in Our Time of Transformation

Mark S. Phillips, Ph.D.

How John Boyd’s sequence of Observe, Orient, Decide, Act can be used to achieve DAU’s goals of frictionless learning, dynamic networking, and world-class content. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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The Magic of Delegation and Empowerment

Owen Gadeken, D.Sci.

A key to progress is for program managers to step back from micromanaging their personnel. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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DoD’s Small-Business Innovation Research — How It Contributes to the Defense Mission

Will Swearingen, Ph.D., Michael Wallner, Ph.D., and Jeff Peterson, MBA

A surprisingly large number of new technologies for maintaining battlefield dominance are developed by small, non-traditional defense contractors. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Army DevOps for Acquisition Rigor, Communications Tech

Mindy Gabbert, Jason Reherman, and Claire Heininger

The Army is using DevOps to rapidly modernize the network that enables hundreds of thousands of soldiers to communicate on the battlefield. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Brian’s Laws, Part II

Brian Schultz

This set of satirical laws addresses the future of defense acquisition and, like Part I, is based on anecdotal evidence and detailed analysis. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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DoD Budget Management Modernization and a 13th-Century Florentine Tale

Enrico Serafini

Challenges may not reside in the planning and budgeting of programs but in implementation—including a lack of automation, integration, and transparency. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

September - October 2021

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