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From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 94 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 942020-10-31T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass5B9B0C31A36C44E99C239EDF7E451E72"><img alt="Photo of Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro" src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="margin-left:6px;margin-right:6px;float:left;width:148px;height:183px;" />The theme for this issue is “Influencing Defense Acquisition,” in recognition of the fact that this issue’s papers were selected as winners of the 2020 Defense Acquisition Alumni Association (DAUAA) Hirsch Acquisition and Writing Competition, and celebrated in the annual ceremony "DAU Influencer Awards," which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to DAU or the profession of acquisition. The three award winners were selected from a strong field of entrants.<br> <br> The first-place winner, and recipient of the Jacques S. Gansler Award, is Robert F. Mortlock, for his paper “Camouflage Combat Uniform.” This case history studies the Army’s decision to change the camouflage pattern on combat uniforms. The case allows acquisition professionals to analyze the Army acquisition decision-making process, specifically focusing on skills in critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic communication.<br> <br> Second prize goes to Justin F. Brunelle, Daniel Frisk, Benjamin Mayer, Paula Randall, and Awais Sheikh, for “Measuring the Impact of Innovation Activities in Government.” This paper presents the results of a study on the current state of pursuing and measuring innovation in government, and provides recommendations for metrics based on the different types of innovation organizations.<br> <br> Third prize goes to Brian Duddy, Timothy Landucci, and Julie Knechtel for “Delivering Capability Through Competition in Defense Contracting: Does Policy Drive Results?” This study reports competition trends across Department of Defense (DoD) contracts, which are the largest federal obligator of contracted dollars, then identifies barriers to that competition and makes recommendations to promote future competition.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Agile Software Development.<br> <br> The featured work in the Defense Acquisition Reading List book review is <em>Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead</em> by Jim Mattis and Bing West, reviewed by David Riel.<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-94
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 93 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 932020-07-02T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassFD07EA6E6E5D4F06BD02533359F7CEEF"><img src="/library/arj/PublishingImages/larrie.jpg" style="margin-left:3px;margin-right:3px;float:left;" />This edition of the <em>Defense Acquisition Research Journal</em> is devoted to the Return on Investment (ROI) of new approaches to defense nacquisition. The first article, “Increasing Value and Savings in Shipbuilding With Innovative Technologies” by David N. Ford and Tom Housel, describes the potential value and savings of adopting Three-Dimensional Laser Scanning (3DLS), Additive Manufacturing (AM), and Product Life-cycle Management (PLM). Simulation and modeling using knowledge value added demonstrates an innovative investment analysis approach and the potential for large savings and increased value.<br> <br> The second article, “Studying Acquisition Strategy Formulation of Incremental Development Approaches” by Robert F. Mortlock, studies the challenges that acquisition professionals have in formulating the Department of Defense’s preferred acquisition approach—incremental development—and provides acquisition policy reform recommendations. The research involves surveys of acquisition professionals to formulate the components of a recommended acquisition strategy based on typical programmatic decision inputs such as requirements, technology maturity, risk, urgency, and funding.<br> <br> The third article, “A Model for Exogenous Learning on Department of Defense Procurement Programs” by Patricia F. Bronson, presents a numerical optimization model for projecting exogenous learning on DoD procurement programs. It is based on an assessment of the expected returns on investments using simulations of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and F-22 Raptor Fighter Aircraft procurement programs.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government<br> Procurement.<br> <br> The featured book reading in this issue’s Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List is <em>Seapower States</em> by Andrew Lambert, reviewed by Dr. Mary Redshaw.<br> <br> Dr. James Moreland has departed the <em>Defense ARJ</em> Editorial Board. We thank him for his service and wish him well.<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-93
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 92 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 922020-04-01T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass4241C2C80BC8443D91F6A9FD097817C6"><img src="/library/arj/ARJ/ARJ89/larry.jpg" style="float:left;margin-left:3px;margin-right:3px;" />The theme of this edition of the <em>Defense Acquisition Research Journal</em> is “Growing Pains,” an apt description of the problems that many defense acquisition programs face with cost and schedule.<br> <br> The first research paper in this issue, “Software Productivity Trends and Issues” by David M. Tate, examines recent trends in defense software supply, demand, and productivity to estimate the severity of capacity bottleneck, then briefly discusses potential long-term actions available to the Department of Defense to mitigate that bottleneck. In the second article, “Analysis of Military Construction Cost Growth in USAF Major Defense Acquisition Programs,” the authors Capt Emily E. Angell, USAF, Edward D. White, Jonathan D. Ritschel, and Alfred E. Thal, Jr., use descriptive and inferential statistics to identify cost growth of military construction at the programmatic level, and describe how they change over time. The findings of this study may help determine allocation of resources in developing cost estimates. The third article is “Inflation and Price Escalation Adjustments in Estimating Program Costs: F 35 Case Study” by Stanley A. Horowitz and Bruce R. Harmon. It illustrates the importance of basing estimates of future program prices on historical price increases of similar systems. The authors caution that in the case of tactical aircraft, using general inflation rates to predict future aircraft prices is likely to lead to serious underestimates of future cost.<br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Acquisition Reform. It contains descriptions of several key resources, along with links to the DAU Knowledge Repository sites.<br> <br> The featured reading in this issue’s Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List is <em>To Provide and Maintain a Navy: 1775–1945</em> by CAPT Richard L. Wright, USN (Ret.), and reviewed by Brad Martin.<br> <br> <strong>Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro </strong><br> Chairman and Executive Editor Defense ARJ <hr />To print a PDF copy of this article, <a href="/library/arj/ARJ/ARJ92/ARJ92%20From%20THe%20Chairman%20and%20Executive%20Editor.pdf">click here</a>.</div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor---Issue-92
From the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 91 the Chairman and Executive Editor - Issue 912020-01-01T17:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassB3A57269BE8B437A91828F1FC10ED35E"><img src="/library/arj/ARJ/ARJ89/larry.jpg" style="margin-left:3px;margin-right:3px;float:left;" />The theme of this edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Thinking Critically about Defense Acquisition.” In order to open the aperture for critical thinking, the Defense Acquisition Research Journal has updated its guidelines for contributors to now include submissions for case histories based on defense acquisition programs or efforts. Case histories differ from case studies in that case histories (like research papers) draw specific conclusions based on analysis as opposed to case studies, which are primarily intended for classroom and pedagogical use, and generally terminate with a jumping-off point for the student or class to come to decisions. We invite potential authors to consider submitting case history manuscripts. Cases from all acquisition career fields and/or phases of the acquisition life cycle will be considered. They may be decision-based, descriptive, or explanatory in nature. Cases must be sufficiently focused and complete (i.e., not open-ended like classroom case studies) with relevant analysis and conclusions. All cases must be factual and authentic. [Please note that we do not accept fictional cases.]<br> <br> The first research article in this issue, “Critical Thinking for the Federal Auditor" by Gabrielle G. McClure-Nelson, identifies to what extent critical thinking skills are considered an important competency for federal auditors, given the often tightly constrained and rules-focused nature of auditing government contractors.<br> <br> The second article, authored by Gregory A. Davis and David M. Tate and titled, “Complexity in an Unexpected Place: Quantities in Selected Acquisition Reports," notes that the definition of unit quantities in acquisition programs is not consistent (for example, the units produced at the end of a long production run are substantially different from the early ones). The authors offer explanations as to why this is the case, and possible methods for improving the reporting requirement. The third article, "Risk-based ROI, Capital Budgeting, and Portfolio Optimization in the Department of Defense" by Johnathan Mun, describes an analytical modeling process to help the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) senior leadership with making decisions about risk-based capital budgeting and optimizing acquisition and program portfolios. <br> <br> This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on the use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) in government contracting. It contains descriptions of several key resources, along with links to the DAU Knowledge Repository sites. <br> <br> The featured reading in this issue’s Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List is Perspectives on Defense Systems Analysis: The What, the Why, and the Who, but Mostly the How of Broad Defense Systems Analysis by William P. Delaney, with Robert G. Atkins, Alan D. Bernard, Don M. Boroson, David J. Ebel, Aryeh Feder, Jack G. Fleischman, Michael P. Shatz, Robert Stein, and Stephen D. Weiner, reviewed by Kevin Garrison. <br> <br> Dr. Michael J. Pryce has departed the Defense ARJ Editorial Board. We thank him for his service and wish him well. We welcome Mr. John McCormack to the Editorial Board.<br> <br> Please note at the end of this journal the re-issued Call for Papers for the 2020 DAU Alumni Association Edward Hirsch Acquisition and Writing Competition. Due date is March 15, 2020. <br> <br> <br> <em>Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro</em><br> Chairman and Executive Editor<br> Defense ARJ<br> <hr /> <h2>From the Art Director </h2> <em>Michael Bubar-Krukowski</em><br> <br> <img alt="" src="/library/arj/ARJ/ARJ91/Michael%20Krukowski%208x10.jpg" style="margin-left:3px;margin-right:3px;float:left;width:120px;height:150px;" />As we start a new decade, so does the Defense Acquisition Research Journal (ARJ)—and with some big changes. <br> Like most publications, the Defense ARJ tries to keep up with the latest design trends and push the standards for design in the research journal world. We pride ourselves on this at the Defense ARJ and are always trying to keep the journal fresh and accessible to everyone.<br> <br> One of the big changes you will notice is the updated logo. Like most great brands, the Defense ARJ logo should evolve over the years while still keeping aspects that make it recognizable. The Defense ARJ has been long overdue for an update. Our new logo still pays homage to the previous version that everyone knows, but the updated version has been cleaned up to be more on trend. The signature quill exhibits the most drastic change, becoming cleaner while also creating more opportunities to add color. Also the chosen typeface is a slight update from the previous version that adds a cleaner feel, allowing the quill to shine and creating a timeless look. <br> <br> Other changes have been made to the design of the journal that should hopefully revitalize the aesthetic and keep the Defense ARJ at the top of its class. You will notice a redesigned table of contents, new ads, and more! For several years now the Defense ARJ has been winning awards for design. Going forward, we strive to keep up the same standards of excellence while also becoming more competitive in the world of design and publication.<br></div>string;#/library/arj/blog/From-the-Chairman-and-Executive-Editor---Issue-91

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