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Defense Acquisition September-October 2020


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September - October 2020

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

Self-Regulated Learning The Contracting Specialist’s Super Power

Joni Dowling, Ph.D., and William A. Schleckser, D.Mgt.

Successful acquisition professionals consistently display the super powers of self-regulated learners. They actively participate in their learning and gain deeper, reflective understandings. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Collaboration With the Commercial Industrial Base A Powerful DoD Readiness Enabler

Eleanor Shelton and Bill Kobren

The Department of Defense (DoD) could collaborate with the commercial industrial base to leverage new and existing technologies. This could improve product support, maintenance, and sustainment readiness with no added resources. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

“A Marriage Made in Heaven”? Other Transaction Authority Agreements and Data Rights

Hallie Tremaine Balkin and Howard Harris

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement clauses and provisions for data rights and markings are stringent and direct about rights the DoD is entitled to receive. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Time to Reform Acquisition Funding Rules?

Brian Schultz

Funding flexibility is necessary—in fact, a prerequisite—to support the portfolio-management acquisition model described in detail in last year’s 809 Panel report on defense buying. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

A Bottom-Up, Innovative Approach for Delivering What We Need Now

MAJ W. Brandon Schreiner, USA, and David Riel

Front-line innovators have the advantage of building problem-centric solutions, experimenting, and developing new concepts—as advocated by major textbooks on innovation. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Lessons Learned From Them All

Eugene A. Razzetti

Don’t wait too late to find answers. When the project is done, there may be no choice but to back-fit, modify, or scrap it altogether. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Bridge Contracts Increasing Consistency Across Defense Agencies

Dennis P. Longo

Bridge actions have come under increased scrutiny by a cost-conscious DoD. A 2014 report found that nearly a third of urgent contracts awarded were bridge contracts. Result? Higher costs. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Commercial Unmanned Underwater Vehicles - The Next Asymmetric Threat

James M. Landreth, P.E.

Multiple Chiefs of Naval Operations have cited unmanned undersea vehicles as necessary to achieve the strategic objectives of U.S. Sea Services. Adversaries also recognize their potential. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

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Defense Acquisition Magazine

September - October 2020

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