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Defense Acquisition March-April 2019


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March - April 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

Full Speed to the Fleet Powered by Military-Industry Partnerships

LT Trevor DiMarco, USN, and LT Jeff Bowman,USN

The United States needs acquisition streamlining to keep pace with China’s rising capabilities. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

The Heart of Weapon Systems Availability

James Davis and William F. Conroy III

A sporting look at three basic elements that drive a weapon system’s availability: reliability, maintainability and supportability. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Simulations Vs. Case Studies Not “What Happened?” But “What If?“

Eugene A. Razzetti

The tabletop seen as superior to the case study; developers can create a meaningful tabletop or wargame where only a case study once existed. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Avoiding the Death Spiral

Carlton White

Goals for obligation of procurement funds? Honesty in resource management by avoiding the resource “death spiral” is a start. One goal is to spend in a timely manner. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Electricity Spikes and the Power of Collaboration

Anthony Gannon, Ph.D.; Eva Regnier, Ph.D.; and Douglass Taber

Improvements in air compression technology allowed a Navy installation to cut electricity costs by replacing an old 500 kilowatt (kW) compressor with a simpler, easier to use 55 kW compressor. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Spruill Charts a Way Forward

James P. Woolsey

An interview with Dr. Nancy Spruill, retiring director of Acquisition Resources and Analysis in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Negotiation Types and Power

Jennifer Miller, D.B.A.

We negotiate every day in myriad interactions at home, school, work and the market. Here are several ways of doing it. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Celebrating 20 Years of AcqDemo

Scott Wortman

An inherently flexible pay and personnel management system operates across multiple DoD agencies. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

March - April 2019

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