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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 99https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=21From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 992022-01-01T12:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg<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
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 98https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=20From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 982021-10-01T16:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg<div class="ExternalClass0A654C5FB70D4EA5A710E5B22BF33DA0"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="float:left;margin-left:5px;margin-right:5px;" />The theme for this issue is “Reimagining Program Management.” The volume, velocity, and complexity of change, adversarial advances, emerging technologies, as well as new and adaptive acquisition policies, have upended previous business models and are shaping anew the way we live, think, work, learn, and lead. When it comes to acquisition, the program manager bears the brunt of change more often than most. As such, how might we reimagine the role of program managers to inspire and empower them to stay at the forefront and lead change rather than be forced to simply react to it?<br> <br> The first paper, “Aligning Program Management Competencies to Industry Standards” by Jonathan L. Karnes and Robert F. Mortlock, examines DoD program management (PM) training standards by providing traceability between the DoD PM competencies and the Project Management Institute (PMI)'s standards for project, which were required by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.<br> <br> The second paper, “Exploring Performance in Air Force Science and Technology Programs” by Eric A. Plack, Jonathan D. Ritschel, Edward D. White, Clay M. Koschnick, and Scott T. Drylie, examines Air Force science and technology programs, and assesses the linkages between technology maturation, cost/schedule growth, contract values, program type, and the contractor-government construct.<br> <br> The third paper, “Extra! Using the Newsvendor Model to Optimize War Reserve Storage” by Minou Pak, Joshua L. Peeples, and Joseph T. Klamo, presents a method for selecting an optimal war reserve inventory level using expected marginal cost analysis, in support of future troop surges occurring in the face of uncertainty regarding the intensity and adversary of future conflicts.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Digital Engineering.<br> <br> The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List book review is Mariana Mazzucato, <em>The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths</em>, reviewed by Dr. John D. McCormack.<br> <br> We welcome Dr. Marina Theodotou to the Editorial Board, whose ideas helped shape this issue’s editorial remarks.<br> <br> <strong>Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro</strong><br> <em>Chairman and Executive Editor<br> Defense ARJ</em> <hr /><a href="https://ctt.ac/25gkD" target="_blank"><img alt="tweet" src="/library/defense-atl/DATLFiles/Sept-Oct_2021/tweetbutton.jpg" style="width:125px;height:50px;border-width:0px;border-style:solid;" /></a></div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor---Issue-98
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 97https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=19From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 972021-07-01T16:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg<div class="ExternalClassD1949D385A6A4653A9EA250E12E2BE36"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="float:left;border-width:0px;border-style:solid;margin-left:6px;margin-right:6px;" />The theme for this issue is “Optimizing Operations.”<br> <br> The first article addresses a timely subject. “Distributed Operations in Response to COVID-19: Assessing Workforce Perceptions of Productivity and Success,” by Glenn Tolentino, John Wood, and Shane Riley, shows how the Department of Defense workforce transitioned to distributed, maximum telework operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This study shows the effects of maximum telework on an organization in the areas of personnel productivity and project success.<br> <br> The second article is “A Simulation-based Optimization Approach to Logistic and Supply Chain Network Design” by Michael C. Jones, Thomas A. Mazzuchi, and Shahram Sarkani. The authors evaluate how simulations can overcome problems with over-simplifications made in logistics and supply chain analysis, such as constant per-unit transportation costs regardless of the size of the shipment or the route taken. They propose a practical approach to optimizing supply chains in the face of uncertainty.<br> <br> The third article, by Bradford A. Myers, Edward D. White, Jonathan D. Ritschel, and R. David Fass, is “Quantifying the Effects of Aircraft Engine Upgrades on Operating and Support Costs.” The authors explore how new engines for fixed wing Air Force aircraft empirically affect operating and support costs, and conclude that better fuel efficiency more than offsets maintenance costs, resulting in a net savings.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on another timely subject—Remote Work.<br> <br> The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is <em>Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say—and What You Don’t</em>, by CAPT L. David Marquet, USN (Ret.), reviewed by Brian J. Duddy.<br> <br> Dr. Richard Altieri has left the Editorial Board. We thank him for his service.<br> We welcome Mr. Eric Lofgren to the Editorial Board.<br> <br> <strong>Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro</strong><br> <em>Chairman and Executive Editor<br> Defense ARJ</em></div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor-Issue-97
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 96https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=18From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 962021-04-01T16:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/library/arj/PublishingImages/ARJ91_newfeather.jpg<div class="ExternalClass92C69FC0C58F418592527A463F0D91A7"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="float:left;margin-left:3px;margin-right:3px;" />The theme for this issue is “Building It Better.” The first paper is “Engineering a Better IT Program Manager: A Comparative Study of IT PM Education and Training,” by William J. Parker. It evaluates the relationship between technical education/commercial project management certification and project management success, using data for information technology (IT) program managers (PMs). The author concludes that there is no relationship between undergraduate technical degree, commercial PM certification, and project management success.<br> <br> The second paper, by James Hasik, “How to Bail Out a Defense Contractor: Cases on Securing a Supply Chain <em>in extremis</em>,” reviews nine prominent bailouts of defense contractors from the past 50 years. The author concludes that providing short-term infusions of cash may be necessary but insufficient to maintain industry structures, while providing long-term demand is both necessary and likely sufficient to maintain those structures.<br> <br> The third paper, “Effective Decision-Making Behaviors for Defense R&D: Accounting for Dynamic Competition,” by Mark Calafut, Shahram Sarkani, and Thomas A. Mazzuchi provides a fresh examination of competition in research and development (R&D) in the ecosystem of defense industry companies, government laboratories, and not-for-profit organizations. The study identifies behaviors that achieve greater average value than standard alternatives that do not account for competition.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on DevSecOps (Development, Security, Operations).<br> <br> The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is <em>12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon</em> by Jamie Holmes, reviewed by Emily Beliles.<br> <br> Dr. Joseph Ilk has left the Editorial Board. We thank him for his service.<br> <br> We welcome Mr. Patrick Morrow to the Editorial Board.<br> <br> <strong>Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro</strong><br> <em>Chairman and Executive Editor<br> Defense ARJ</em></div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor---Issue-96

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