Defense AT&L - May-June 2016
May - June 2016
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.
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From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
Coaches from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) work one-on-one to “up the game” even of leaders who already are top performers. An essential element is a “board of directors” formed of those who can facilitate extraordinary achievement. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
In a time of rising expectations and tightened budgets, DAU’s program provides support for notable senior leaders who can go further and do more. The program, usually 9 to 12 months long, follows a six-step coaching model. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
Two of the three required Science and Technology Management (STM) courses at the DAU are new for this fiscal year. The new Level I (Introduction) course is the career field’s first distance learning course. The new required Level III (Leadership) course was developed by a tenured Georgetown University professor under contract. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
In addition to training the Defense Acquisition Workforce, DAU conducts outreach for high school students near its headquarters campus. DAU’s STEM Engineering Management Workshop is expanding its outreach to all grades and provides professional development for educators as well.
There is a need to understand the “why” of what we do, or the thinking behind the policy and procedures we follow. This understanding will permit the tailoring of a system model unique to a program’s specific needs. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
A lack or lapse of effective “soft skills” (such as appropriate communications) can result in tragic mishaps despite years of experience and technical capability and expertise. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
The U.S. Special Operations Command’s Technical Experimentation program brings together operational users, acquisition program managers and technology developers (private and public) to evaluate new technologies. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
Don’t settle quickly for a soft promise to correct a problem later, while the contractor continues to be paid for on time delivery of a nonconforming item. Conditional acceptance of a weapon system isn’t always in the government’s best interest. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
The imperative mission of maintaining U.S. technological superiority requires not only adequate research and development but also protection of new capabilities against cybersecurity breaches. (To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.)
Defense Acquisition Magazine
May - June 2016