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Defense AT&L - March-April 2013

DEFENSE ACQUISITION MAGAZINE

 

March - April 2013

Defense AT&L is a bimonthly magazine published by DAU Press for senior military personnel, civilians, defense contractors, and defense industry professionals in program management and the acquisition, technology and logistics workforce.

View as PDF  10 Articles in This Magazine

Use of Fixed-Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) Contracts in Development and Production

Frank Kendall


 

From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

The Climate/Team Effectiveness Survey

Capt. Fred Hepler, Mike Kotzian, Duane Mallicoat

The many moving parts in the current acquisition process require effectiveness and adaptability of PMO teams across all phases, as well as interaction with various stakeholders and, potentially, dispersed supporting sites. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Competitive Prototyping— A PMO Perspective

Capt. Paul Overstreet, Bradley Bates, Duane Mallicoat

A program’s ability to “promote real competition” is one of the five major areas comprising DoD’s Better Buying Power initiative. A look at the positives and challenges in a key program of the Naval Air Systems Command. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Big ‘A’ Systems Architecture— From Strategy to Design: Systems Architecting in DoD

Chris Robinson

Architecture as a discipline goes well beyond the block diagram of all the major components of a system and how they are connected. Architecting in DoD can be understood as broadly including not only system developers but strategy and policy makers, resource sponsors, and combat developers. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Delivering Military Software Affordably

Christian Hagen, Jeff Sorenson

Much of the weaponry now used by the U.S. military is driven by software, and future defense capacity may depend more on how well that is done than on weapons design. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

‘Technical Debt’ in the Code

Don O’Neill

The potential for persistent costs to the public, user, customer, staff, reputation, or financial structure from neglect of known good practice. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Striving for the Optimal Program Structure

Patrick M. McGinn

The acquisition process still needs leaders who deeply understand the nature of the user. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Sustainable Acquisition

Elizabeth Pickering

Given increased worldwide competition for resources, there is a pressing need to focus on sustainability to ensure continued resource availability. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

Heads I’m Right, Tails It Was Chance

Lt. Col. Christopher W. Parry

Sometimes acquisition professionals persist, consciously or not, in managing programs without adequately “rationalizing” or understanding programmatic risks. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)

On the Job with Emotional Intelligence

Stan Emelander

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

Defense Acquisition Magazine

March - April 2013

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