U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Defense Acquisition January-February 2021


  1. Home
  2. Defense Acquisition January-February 2021
Defense Acquisition Magazine January to February 2021 cover



January - February 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

A soldier walking

Empowering the Acquisition Workforce Today and for the Future

Alan Shaffer

A message from the Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment and other senior acquisition leaders. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Please “Tailor In” Your Adaptive Acquisition Strategy

Brian Schultz

In considering the new tailoring-in paradigm, think about an Offensive Coordinator starting a game plan with a full playbook and then selecting or deleting plays to meet the expected defense of the opponent. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Thinking Critically: Unleashing the Power of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework

An interview with Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Kevin Fahey, conducted by Matthew Howard of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

(To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Leaders, Take Charge! Step Up to the New Acquisition Learning and Development Challenge

David Gallop, PhD

Parallel to Back to Basics, DAU is undergoing a transformation in three key areas—Frictionless Learning, World Class Content, and Dynamic Network. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Contingency Planning Stuff Happens, Including Pandemics—Don’t Just Wait For It!

Eugene A. Razzetti

All contingency plans need to have built-in “tripwires” or planned responses that allow managers to execute when predetermined criteria are met. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Great by Choice Celebrating the Virtual Leaders Building Leaders Event

Scott Bauer

A three-day in-person training event was canceled due to COVID-19. The Fourth Estate responded by creating a monthlong series of expert presentations, seven leadership courses, as well as brown-bag and networking events. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Rapidly Modernizing Medical Capabilities Via the Middle Tier of Acquisition

Scott F. Walter, PhD

A review of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework finds special strengths in the Middle Tier of Acquisition for applying leading-edge commercial development processes and technologies. This pathway supports rapid prototyping and fielding of safe, effective, and affordable capabilities. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

National Security Exemptions to Open Contract Competition

Dennis P. Longo

Full and open competition is the general rule in soliciting offers for government contracts, but all DoD employees are responsible for protecting classified information. The limitations on national-security exceptions must be understood and observed. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Contact us: [email protected]

Defense Acquisition Magazine

January - February 2021

All publications appearing on the DAU Web site are works of the U.S. government (prepared by an officer or employee, including contractors, of the U.S. government as part of official duties or contract) unless otherwise noted. Works of the U.S. government are not subject to U.S. copyright laws and, therefore, can be reproduced in whole or in part. Credit must be given to DAU and to the author(s) of all reproduced publications.