U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Https

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

DAT&L - March-April 2014

Breadcrumb

  1. Home
  2. DAT&L - March-April 2014

To print a PDF copy of this issue, click here


What Does It Mean to Be “a Defense Acquisition Professional”? 
Frank Kendall

From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


Schedule or Event Driven? 
How Do I Know? 
Mark Husband, Dr.Eng. 

Although clear in theory, the distinction between event- and schedule-driven programs often becomes blurred in practice. Program managers can avoid the negative consequences of the latter by recognizing indicators of schedule-driven behavior. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


What Happened to DT&E? 
Steve Hutchison, Ph.D. 

A robust developmental test and evaluation effort will improve acquisition outcomes by finding and fixing problems in a timely manner. 
To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


Let’s Fix this Red Program! 
Brian Schultz 

Program managers assigned to fix a troubled, or Red, program can take heart: the job is doable. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


Threat Support Improvement for DoD Acquisition Programs 
Christopher Boggs, Maj. Jonathan Gilbert, USAF, Paul Reinhart, Maj. Dustin Thomas, USAF and Brian Vanyo 

The mandated increase in System Threat Assessment Reports requires modification of the production methodology to improve efficiency and decisional value. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


Cyber Acquisition Professionals Need Expertise 
(But They Don’t Necessarily Need to Be Experts) 
Michael Cook 

As information technology advances rapidly and poses greater implementation problems, the possession of more general expertise becomes increasingly valuable. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


Just in Time 
Expecting Failure: Do JIT Principles Run County to DoD’s Business Nature? 
Col. Christopher J. Michelsen, USMC, Capt. Patrick O’Connor, USN and Lt. Col. Tarpon Wiseman, USA 

Just in Time inventory management offers well-known advantages, but mitigating its risks for an “in extremis” profession like warfighting requires more attention. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


What’s in Your Estimate at Completion? 
Pat Barker and Roberta Tomasini 

Program managers need a deep understanding of the Estimate at Completion in order to troubleshoot problems and answer questions from the stakeholders who use it. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


Bombs and Books 
Building a Better Air Force Military Acquirer 
Maj. Mike DiMaria, USAF and Maj. Chad Steipp, USAF 

Mandating operational exchanges, expanding educational opportunities, and requiring program management or professional engineer certification would improve the development of Air Force acquisition officers. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here.


The Fate of Sgt. Smith 
Restriction on Non-DoD Conference Travel 
Col. Paul Barnes, USAFR 

The restriction on non-DoD conference attendance hampers the translation of fundamental research into applied research that will benefit the Services. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here


IDEAA Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary 
Duane “DT” Tripp 

The International Defense Educational and Acquisition Arrangement will hold its annual seminar at DAU (Fort Belvoir campus) in April 2014. 

To print a PDF copy of this article, click here


Defense AT&L is a bimonthly magazine published by DAU Press for senior military personnel, civilians, defense contractors, and defense industry professionals in program management and the acquisition, technology and logistics workforce.
All publications appearing on the DAU Web site are works of the U.S. government (prepared by an officer or employee, including contractors, of the U.S. government as part of official duties or contract) unless otherwise noted. Works of the U.S. government are not subject to U.S. copyright laws and, therefore, can be reproduced in whole or in part. Credit must be given to DAU and to the author(s) of all reproduced publications.