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DAT&L - January-February 2014

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What Really Matters in Defense Acquisition​ 
Frank Kendall

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

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Mini-Warriors 
Microelectromechanical Systems: A Munitions Revolution 
Dan Jean, Ph.D., Dan Pines and Kevin Cochran 

Machines measured only in millimeters, with gears and levers smaller than dust mites, are increasingly found in systems in daily use and can offer potentially significant savings in defense acquisitions. 

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Future Space System Acquisitions 
Is the Key “What” or “When”? 
Lt. Gen. Aloysius G. Casey, USAF (Ret.) and Col. Eugene J. DeNezza, USAF (Ret.) 

A serious discussion is under way in the defense community on the strategic direction of future space system acquisitions. Should we continue and/or improve aggregated space systems over time or move quickly toward small-satellite, platform-focused architectures? 

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Concepts for Change 
DoD’s 2014 Research and Engineering Strategy 
Alan Shaffer 

As our warfighters move off the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Defense Department rebalances to the Asia-Pacific region, continued investment is needed in innovative and adaptable capabilities to meet emerging global threats. 

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A Program Master Schedule Can Improve Results 
Patrick K. Barker 

A program master schedule assists informed decisions and a proactive stance. A dynamic model that reflects best scheduling practices is desirable. Schedulers must have a firm command of project management theory and practice and possess leadership and communication skills. 

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Scorecard Reviews—for Improved Software Reliability 
Timothy Pohland and David Bernreuther 

The Defense Department’s ability to provide a high level of Soldier services while minimizing overhead and other sustainment costs is tied directly to the reliability of large and complex software systems. 

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The Original Director for Test and Evaluation 
Steven J. Hutchison, Ph.D. 

A look at the challenges involved in forming the first Director of Test and Evaluation (DT&E) office in the Pentagon and its evolution into today’s DT&E office. 

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Thirty-Year Plans 
What They Are and Why We Need Them 
Vince Matrisciano 

Army leadership must constantly prioritize funding, scheduling and materiel acquisition. These decisions are becoming more complex given the current and projected fiscal challenges. 

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Promoting Effective Competition— in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Program 
Stephen J. Mills 

Competition throughout the life cycle of an acquisition program not only is possible, it is alive and well in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. 

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Your PM Personality—and Why It Matters 
Owen Gadeken, DSci., Eng. Mgt. 

Most DAU students in the program management (PM) career path don’t think a lot about the impact of their personality or management style until they begin to have problems on the job. 

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Predicting Program Success—Not Child’s Play 
Debra E. Hahn 


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