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Defense Acquisition September-October 2018

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ISSN 2637-5052
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Agile Values in the MQ-9 Reaper’s Software Development
Andrew Smith

Agile values and principles are applied to the acquisition program of a Special Operations Command unmanned air vehicle.

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Financial Management’s Key Role in Cybersecurity
Stephen Speciale & Kimberly Kendall

In order to deter and defeat cyber threats, expertise must be utilized from all acquisition functional areas, not just information technology and engineering.

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Feedback, Follow-up and Accountability
Eugene A. Razzetti

Communication, post-implementation checking, and fixed responsibility are keys to effectively executing defense plans.

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Increasing Audit Readiness
Navy Material Management Training
Laura A. Vancelette & William F. Conroy III, Ed. D.

Workforce training is a key to audit readiness. Lessons learned in NAVAIR training provide examples of best business practices for other Department of Defense units.

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The Hidden Costs of Sundowning Weapon Systems
James Davis 

Perfectly good spare parts are wasted when a weapon system is retired. Working this waste into total ownership costs would render more visible the full costs of “sundowning.”

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Smart Shutdown Program Support
Community of Practice
Mark W. Unger, Don Riley & John Adams

There are many facets to transitioning program assets and personnel and maximizing Department of Defense benefits when a program is discontinued.

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Acquisition—Practice Like You Play
Simulated Learning as the Key
Chad Millette

One approach to training acquisition personnel might be to adopt more broadly and intensely the simulation of working conditions—as is done in developing Air Force pilots and professional football players.

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Prevention Versus Detection
Government Contract Quality Assurance Via a Process
Mark Phillips, Ph.D. & Roger Woods, MSQM

DoD makes ready a move to risk management and improved communication as part of an overall quality assurance process that occurs during and not after production of goods for military use.

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Putting the “T” Back in “IPT”
How to Build More Effective Integrated Product Teams
Angelo Christino

There is no universal recipe for building high-performing teams. But to be effective, a team must work together toward a common goal.

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