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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 101 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 1012022-06-30T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass7A2E48EFE84F4FE1B9CF4AF8164268BC"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="margin-left:6px;margin-right:6px;float:left;" />The theme for this issue is “Reexamining Investments for the Future.” Issues such as education of military personnel, aging aircraft, and even contracting out services are examined, not merely as costs, but as means of improving efficiency and Warfighter readiness. With recent escalations in Europe and across the world, the need for the U.S. to reevaluate and modernize its military systems has come into even sharper focus. The book review in this issue also looks at the kinds of investments needed for the nation in the face of great power competition.<br> <br> The first article, “Optimizing Warfighters’ Intellectual Capability: Return on Investment of Military Education and Research,” by Johnathan Mun, examines novel ways to value the monetary return on investment (ROI) of military education and research. The Department of Defense sends a large number of officers to various military universities to obtain graduate degrees or perform academic research, as well as to acquire highly valued technical skills and nontechnical competencies in their respective billets. This research indicates that such education brings overall government benefits valued at over five times the initial investment.<br> <br> The second article, by Thomas Tincher and Tim Breitbach, “Fleet Sustainment and the Fiscal Impact of Contracting Red Air,” uses qualitative analysis and quantitative modeling to determine when aggressor sorties should be contracted out in lieu of government-owned aircraft. This article shows that the government may benefit from contracting out aggressor sorties when organic resources are unavailable or more expensive to use than contractor aircraft. By utilizing contract aggressors more often, not only is direct demand on the sustainment base reduced, but training capacity and fiscal flexibility are increased, allowing for more efficient use of front-line aircraft and other resources.<br> <br> The third article is “Maintenance Cost Growth in Aging Aircraft: Analysis of a New DHS Dataset” by Nicholas J. Ross. The author uses maintenance cost per flight hour data from Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations to determine how maintenance costs increase with fleet age. The author shows that maintenance cost per flight hour increases by 8% for every year the fleet ages. These calculations pave the way for fleets that are both more effective in combat, and more cost-efficient on the balance sheet.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Supply Chain Risk Management.<br> <br> The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is <em>The Hundred Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower</em> by Michael Pillsbury, reviewed by David Riel.</div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor-Issue-101
From the DAU President - Issue 100 the DAU President - Issue 1002022-04-01T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassE8863218E5ED4772A49A3560607644E6"><img alt="James P. Woolsey" src="" style="width:25%;float:left;margin-left:6px;margin-right:6px;" />Twenty-seven years ago, as the world watched the Cold War draw to a close, DAU fielded a new publication to flll a scholarly need that had never been addressed before. The publication that would eventually become the <em>Defense Acquisition Research Journal</em> (<em>Defense ARJ</em>) was created to act as an information and research channel dedicated specifically to the defense acquisition community. It aimed to provide acquisition professionals with relevant management tools; foster the exchange of opinions, information, and policy decisions; and maintain awareness and insight regarding acquisition management philosophies.<br> <br> Three decades and 100 issues later, the <em>Defense ARJ</em> has evolved and grown into an integral piece of the defense acquisition landscape. Thanks to the advent of the internet making academic communities more interconnected than ever before, the <em>Defense ARJ</em> is able to work with respected professionals from organizations across the globe to provide relevant, cutting-edge research to a growing readership around the world.<br> <br> In our digital age, the global acquisition ecosystem is growing and evolving at an ever-accelerating pace, and the <em>Defense ARJ</em> is evolving alongside it. Improvements to the digital publication are making articles easier to access, more intuitive to interact with, and simpler to share. The <em>Defense ARJ</em> is also working to ensure that its articles more easily find their way into the hands of those who need them and provide acquisition professionals pertinent, current research at their point of need. By removing obstacles to learning and incentivizing growth and discussion in the acquisition workforce, the <em>Defense ARJ</em> looks to create a truly foundational sense of freedom and accessibility for its readers.<br> <br> As DAU undergoes its transformation to better meet the needs of the acquisition workforce, the <em>Defense ARJ</em> will transform alongside to bring the cutting edge of acquisition and management to those who need it, when they need it, as accessibly and efficiently as possible.</div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-DAU-President-Issue-100
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 100 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 1002022-04-01T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassE16242533F0D4E21BEF592BC5269F438"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="margin-left:6px;margin-right:6px;float:left;" />This issue of the <em>Defense Acquisition Research Journal</em> is a retrospective of the 100 issues that have been published in the span of almost 30 years. This issue traces the path that defense acquisition research, as presented in these pages, has taken from the end of the Cold War until today. To this end, we are reprinting selected articles from our history, which chronicle how the field has evolved.<br> <br> As the former managing editor, Norene Johnson, recounted in the <em>Defense ARJ</em> issue 87 (January 2019), since its inauguration in 1994, the journal “has stayed true to the publisher’s original intent—to specifcally meet the requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce, giving Acquisition professionals a forum to publish scholarly research pertaining to subject matters relevant to the Defense Acquisition community.”<br> <br> While we have stayed true to the original intent of meeting the requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce, the subjects of interest have of course changed over the span of three decades. For the first decade until 2004, those subjects were: Acquisition Reform, Acquisition Strategy, Management, Organizational Behavior, Interoperability, and Cost and Schedule.(1) From 2004 until the present, Acquisition Reform, Management, and Cost and Schedule (including cost growth and analysis) remained at the top of the list, but other priorities changed. Systems Engineering, Contracts, and Performance and Technology became new priorities for defense acquisition research, which correlates with the 21st-century rise of network-centric warfare and web-enabled capabilities.(2)<br> <br> Over that three-decade span, the journal has undergone several name changes. In this issue, we are reprinting the most widely read and cited article from each of these incarnations. The journal was first issued under the name <em>Acquisition Review Quarterly </em>(1994–2003), with its opening remarks penned by John M. Deutch, then United States Deputy Secretary of Defense. He is also the author of the premier article from that period, “Consolidation of the US Defense Industrial Base” (issue 8, Fall 2001), which opens this issue.<br> <br> In 2004, the journal became the <em>Defense Acquisition Review Journal </em>(2004– 2010). In that period, the most cited article was John Rice's “Adaptation of Porter’s Five Forces Model to Risk Management” (issue 55, July 2010), which is the second article in this issue.<br> <br> In 2011, the journal took the name <em>Defense Acquisition Research Journal</em>, under which it is published today. To date, the most widely read article has been Robert Tremaine's “The High Flying Leadership Qualities: What Matters the Most?” (issue 77, April 2016), which is the third article.<br> <br> We also reprint the first book review from our Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List, written by Michael Pryce about<em> The Polaris System Development: Bureaucratic and Programmatic Success in Government </em>by Harvey Sapolsky (issue 57, January 2011).<br> <br> We are pleased to welcome to the Editorial Board Dr. Cynthia R. Cook of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. <hr /> <h6>1. Subjects from 1994–2004 from Elder, Mitchell J., "An Eleven Year Retrospective of the <em>Acquisition Review Journal</em>" (March 2005). Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Air Force Institute of Technology: Theses and Dissertations no. 3831, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br> <br> 2. Subjects from 2005–2021 from online keyword searches conducted by Emily Beliles, January 2022.</h6></div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor-Issue-100
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 99 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 992022-01-01T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass77AE6E8D15D74C0CB316BB17662B420F"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="margin-left:6px;margin-right:6px;float:left;" />The theme for this issue is “Overcoming Obstacles.” Our current acquisition environment presents unique challenges on many fronts, several of which are identified in this issue relating to cost growth models, DevOps, and COVID-19. Each of these articles outlines keys to aid the acquisition workforce in overcoming these obstacles and maintaining our relevance in a rapidly changing environment.<br> <br> The first article, by David L. McNicol, asks, “Can We Explain Cost Growth in Major Defense Acquisition Programs?” McNicol highlights the lack of a good model to explain the causes of cost growth and identifies some of the implications of this on defense acquisition policy.<br> <br> In the second article, “Challenges of Adopting DevOps for Combat Systems Development Environment,” the authors, Andrew W. Miller, Ronald E. Giachetti, and Douglas L. Van Bossuyt, interviewed multiple subject matter experts in the Navy and DoD to identify some of the challenges and obstacles to adapting DevOps to the Navy acquisition process.<br> <br> Authors Tom Ahn and Amilcar A. Menichini examine the effect of the pandemic on DoD worker retention rates in their article, “Optimal Talent Management of the Acquisition Workforce in Response to COVID-19: Dynamic Programming Approach.” The results of their research highlight ways that the DoD can take advantage of negative impacts to the civilian labor market in the short term as well as reforms that need to be made to retain high-quality DoD workers long term.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Public Procurement and COVID-19. This section highlights research on the effects of COVID-19 on federal contracting and positive ways that the DoD can respond to this unique obstacle.<br> <br> The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is Logistics Engineering and Management by Benjamin S. Blanchard, reviewed by Shawn Harrison. <br> Sharp-eyed readers will notice a few updates to our January issue. With the new year, our graphic designer, Nicole Brate, has brought a fresh new look to articles in both our print and online editions. We encourage you to check out our online issue for some exclusive online content. Readers will also notice that this is issue #99. Our next issue, #100 (April 2022) will celebrate the centenary of this journal, with a “best-of” selection of articles that have impacted the Defense Acquisition Workforce over the past quarter-century. <br> Dr. Richard Shipe has left the Editorial Board. We thank him for his service.<br> <br> We announce another major change in the masthead. We are celebrating a generation of service from our outgoing Managing Editor, Norene Johnson, and 27 years with the Defense Acquisition Research Journal and its predecessors. Norene has been on the Journal staff in various capacities since the publication launched in 1994. She was primarily responsible for its evolution from a black and white publication printed on recycled paper to the full-color periodical we enjoy today. Norene started out as the editorial assistant, was then promoted to editor, and eventually became the Managing Editor in the mid-2000s. Under her leadership, the Journal has won numerous awards for publication excellence on the national and international level. Although she is no longer the Managing Editor, she will still be involved indirectly as the Chief of Visual Arts and Press.<br> <br> At the same time, we are proud to announce that Emily Beliles will be taking over the Managing Editor position. Emily has had the opportunity to work with many reviewers and authors in her role as Assistant Editor for the past 5 years (and to be clear, is the co-author of this issue’s Remarks). She and all of us at the Defense ARJ look forward to a continued commitment to award-winning quality and cutting-edge research in support of the Defense Acquisition Workforce in 2022 and beyond.</div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-99

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