This edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal
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.
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.
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.
This issue’s Current Research Resources in Defense Acquisition focuses on Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government
The featured book reading in this issue’s Defense Acquisition Professional Reading List is Seapower States
by Andrew Lambert, reviewed by Dr. Mary Redshaw.
Dr. James Moreland has departed the Defense ARJ
Editorial Board. We thank him for his service and wish him well.
Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro
Chairman and Executive Editor