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Defense Acquisition Magazine November-December 2023


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Defense Acquisition Magazine November-December 2023





November - December 2023

ISSN 2637-5052

View as PDF  8 Articles in This Magazine

Editorial Staff

Interview with Dr. Laura Taylor-Kale, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy (IBP)

Editorial Staff

Taylor-Kale discusses policies to enhance and broaden our industrial base, its workforce and supply chain, and the role of small businesses.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Litton, USN, Michael Richardson, and Ari Goodman

Battlefield Autonomy: A Proven Way Forward

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Litton, USN, Michael Richardson, and Ari Goodman

Our warfighting acquisition culture must shift from a static, hardware-centric perspective and adopt an agile, software-centric approach.

Fred Schlich

Busting the “Best Effort” Myth in Contracting

Fred Schlich

The wide misunderstanding of the phrase “best effort” in cost-re¬imbursement contracts can lower DoD officials’ expectations of de¬fense contractors.

Col. Robert F. Mortlock, USA (Ret.), Ph.D.

The Adaptive Acquisition Framework—Continuous Process Improvement 

Col. Robert F. Mortlock, USA (Ret.), Ph.D.

Proposed changes and clarifications in the Major Capability Acquisition and Middle Tier of Acquisition Pathways, as embodied in the Adaptive Acquisition Framework, will emphasize “deliver at the speed of relevance.”

Steven A. Fasko, D.H.A.

Garvin’s Eight Dimensions of Quality and DoD Acquisition

Steven A. Fasko, D.H.A.

A systematic review and documentation of overall quality points, as defined by Garvin’s Eight Dimensions of Quality, can help ensure best results in defense acquisition.

Howard Harris and Shane Boulware Steven A. Fasko, D.H.A.

Data Rights Markings and Contract Debts 

Howard Harris and Shane Boulware

The AWACS Program Management Office resolved a major improper data rights markings dispute, freeing the government from a multibillion-dollar sole-source contract on sustainment.

Roy Wilson and Aaron Jacobson

Zero Trust, Cyber Resiliency, and Maneuver Warfare from The Legendary Col. John Boyd

Roy Wilson and Aaron Jacobson, D.I.A.

Applying the principles of aerial maneuver warfare to cybersecurity could help reduce the risk and impact of cyberattacks and data breaches.


Business Acumen for Better Acquisitions 

Brian Schultz

There are five key steps to follow in gaining management savvy as a government acquisitions professional.

Conferences and Meetings

Current conferences and meetings of interest to Defense Acquisition readers. Links provided to registration and additional information. Inclusion herein is for informational purposes only and does not in any way imply DAU or Department of Defense endorsement of any particular event or organization

What's New at DAU

Deployment of new credentials, available workshops, webinars, and other new learning opportunities.

Acquisition Excellence

The latest awards and recognition received for work well done.

Career Development Opportunities

Information on DoD and Service-related programs that can benefit careers in the Defense Acquisition workforce.

Leadership & Policy

New policy initiatives and recently appointed or nominated DoD policy leaders.

Research, Technology, and Innovation

Learn about recent innovation, initiatives, and achievements.

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