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Defense Acquisition May-June 2021


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May - June 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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Other Transactions: Do All Industry Partners Benefit Fairly?

Stephen Speciale and Richard Downs

Other Transactions are uniquely attractive in offering tremendous flexibility and commercial-style business terms to attract industry partners of all sizes. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Brian’s Laws, Part I

Brian Schultz

With all the changes since the 1980s, we need additional laws that reflect the latest realities and help us understand acquisition. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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A Proving Ground—Artificial Intelligence Versus Humans in the Business Battlefield

Capt Anita M. Naylor, USAF

Artificial Intelligence Versus Humans in the Business Battlefield. Recent AlphaDogfight Trials saw artificial intelligence (AI) pilots opposing human pilots in simulated combat. Why not stage a dogfight between an AI system and a contracting officer to demonstrate AI’s potential for business decision making? (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Diminishing Sources and Shortages—and Parts Management in the Adaptive Acquisition Framework

Brent L. Bolner

The Urgent Capability Acquisition pathway is highly compressed and must be completed from pre-development to delivery of the capability in under two years. This provides very little time for all that must be done. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Clarifying the Language of Acquisition Innovation

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

A clearly articulated strategy is necessary for a manager to adjust the modus operandi. However, the signal often gets lost in the noise of buzzwords and jargon. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Contract Award Protest Rulings — Highlights From the GAO Report for FY 2020

Janel C. Wallace, J.D., and Michael A. Rodgers, J.D.

Every year, the Government Accountability Office reports to Congress on its most prevalent basis for sustaining protests of contract awards. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Compliance, Continuity, and COVID-19

Eugene A. Razzetti

In responding to continued operations challenges, it may help for program managers to think of COVID-19 as a bioweapon. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Risk, Attitude, and Fear of Failure

Don O’Neill

The Psychology of the Challenge. Facing a challenge requires the right balance of positive and negative attitudes—and a healthy approach to managing risk. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Defense Acquisition Magazine

May - June 2021

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