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Powerful Examples Initiative

Powerful Examples are real-world acquisition stories of best practices and lessons learned that highlight a success or other outcome that may be useful to other organizations. We hope these stories of innovative defense acquisition practices provide the acquisition workforce with fresh ideas, techniques, and approaches that may be repeatable in their organizations. We ultimately hope that sharing these Powerful Examples will lead to improved development, delivery, and sustainment of capabilities to the warfighter.

"In terms of acquisition readiness, we need to make sure that warfighters have the weapons they need to win on the battlefield....To help train the workforce how to do this, we are creating real-world case studies of success. That's where DAU and Jim Woolsey's team is pivotal."

- Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

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July 07, 2022
Powerful Example: GBSD Uses Novel Approaches to Deliver Cutting Edge Capabilities

Powerful Example: GBSD Uses Novel Approaches to Deliver Cutting Edge Capabilities

(Click here for full-screen viewing options) The Sentinel, formerly known as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), is the Air ...
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January 04, 2022
Powerful Example: Assessing the health of your Contracting organization

Powerful Example: Assessing the health of your Contracting organization

How do contracting leaders know they are making the right decisions regarding resource allocation, workload priorities, long and short term ...
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January 04, 2022
Powerful Example: Using Commercial Solutions Opening as a Force Enabler

Powerful Example: Using Commercial Solutions Opening as a Force Enabler

A Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) is a merit-based source selection strategy for the Department of Defense (DoD) to acquire innovative ...
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December 14, 2020
Powerful Example: IVAS Program uses Middle Tier and Other Transaction Authorities

Powerful Example: IVAS Program uses Middle Tier and Other Transaction Authorities

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program office employed critical thinking and innovative practices in the strategy, ...
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February 26, 2020
Powerful Example: Partnership Key to Performance-Based Logistics Success

Powerful Example: Partnership Key to Performance-Based Logistics Success

Through Performance-Based Logistics, the Warfighter is given a leap in performance and transparency not offered by traditional acquisition ...
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January 27, 2020
Powerful Example:  Army IVAS brings together the right requirements with the right acquisition strategy

Powerful Example: Army IVAS brings together the right requirements with the right acquisition strategy

INTRODUCTION The 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States acknowledges the erosion of our close combat capability relative to ...
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            Powerful Examples Initiative

            Powerful Examples are real-world acquisition stories of best practices and lessons learned that highlight a success or other outcome that may be useful to other organizations. We hope these stories of innovative defense acquisition practices provide the acquisition workforce with fresh ideas, techniques, and approaches that may be repeatable in their organizations. We ultimately hope that sharing these Powerful Examples will lead to improved development, delivery, and sustainment of capabilities to the warfighter.

            The purpose of the DAU Powerful Examples initiative is to seek out and share stories of innovative defense acquisition practices that generate results. The intent of sharing these stories is to give members of the acquisition workforce ideas that can be repeated within their programs for greater success.

            What is a Powerful Example?

            Powerful examples are real-world stories of success or failure curated by DAU that help to reinforce elements of culture change in the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Generally, these examples focus on a single decision, action, or inflection point that had a noticeable impact on the ability of the workforce to deliver capabilities to the warfighter.

            The powerful example format is how DAU packages these stories into meaningful learning assets. Because every situation is unique, every example should include elements that are tailored to its specific story. By including different and diverse elements as part of every example, DAU can share it across multiple platforms and with a wider audience.

            Key elements of a Powerful Example include:

            • A background story along with the need for a particular course of action
            • Actions taken to overcome the challenge
            • Outcomes (realized or potential) and any lessons learned that others could benefit from

            Latest Powerful Examples

            In this powerful example, the Stryker Brigade Combat Acquisition Team highlights the achievements of the Stryker Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Team, winner of the 2021 Secretary of Defense System-Level Performance Based Logistics Award.

            The team outlines how they provided exceptional logistics support while delivering optimal value to the taxpayer, evidenced by reduced customer wait times and increased material reliability, while saving the U.S. Government approximately $2.4 million for reinvestment in the Stryker Program.

            Watch as they explore the history of the Stryker Performance Based Logistics Contracting and Incentive Strategy.  See how the Stryker Wholesale Supply PBL contract provided premium performance, proving to be the best value strategy to the U.S. Army and an excellent model of how to achieve life cycle sustainment success with industry partners.

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            Col Jason Bartolomei, Director, Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Systems Directorate and others from the team discuss the acquisition strategy, future of the GBSD program, data rights, and ultimately sustainment. 

            The GBSD program is responsible for replacing the entire complex ICBM system that spans across three missile wings:  Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and F.E. Warren in Wyoming.  

            In the GBSD Overview, you will hear that, "The team has a requirement to deliver capability by the end of the decade and when deployed, will be in the field until 2075" reflected Jarie Mickelson, Deputy System Program Manager.

            "This acquisition program has something for everybody, states Col Bartolomei, "from civil and electrical engineering to aerospace and mechanical engineering as well as program managers and logisticians."  One of the hallmarks of GBSD is really interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration to make sure GBSD succeeds."

            Two other powerful examples follow the overview:  GBSD – Model-Based Systems engineering and GBSD – SPM Perspective.  Both follow-on videos highlight the ways members of the GBSD Systems Directorate are making an impact to the acquisition workforce!

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Powerful Example: GBSD Uses Novel Approaches to Deliver Cutting Edge Capabilitieshttps://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=29Powerful Example: GBSD Uses Novel Approaches to Deliver Cutting Edge Capabilities2022-07-07T16:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/Powerful Example_GBSD Banner.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/Powerful Example_GBSD Banner.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/Powerful Example_GBSD Banner.jpg<div class="ExternalClass3F4C6287444544DB96948820AB4C06D2"><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.kaltura.com/p/2203981/sp/220398100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/39804931/partner_id/2203981/widget_id/1_593n3x7m?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura_player_&flashvars%5bplaylistAPI.kpl0Id%5d=1_i9iy9b6h&flashvars%5bks%5d=&&flashvars%5bimageDefaultDuration%5d=30&flashvars%5bstreamerType%5d=auto&flashvars%5blocalizationCode%5d=en&flashvars%5bnextPrevBtn.plugin%5d=true&flashvars%5bhotspots.plugin%5d=true&flashvars%5bplaylistAPI.playlistUrl%5d=https://media.dau.edu/playlist/details/%7bplaylistAPI.kpl0Id%7d" title="Powerful Example - Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program" width="100%"></iframe> <div style="text-align:center;">(<em><strong><a href="https://media.dau.edu/playlist/details/1_i9iy9b6h">Click here for full-screen viewing options</a></strong></em>)</div> <br> The Sentinel, formerly known as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), is the Air Force’s program to modernize the intercontinental ballistic missile system (ICBM). DAU sat down with leaders from multiple teams across the program to better understand how they are pushing the envelope of DoD acquisition to deliver cutting-edge capabilities.<br> <br> For an in-depth look at the GBSD team's journey to adopt Agile methodologies, be sure to check out the recording of the from the <strong><a href="https://media.dau.edu/media/t/1_gk7b4ajb">March 2021 "Let's Talk Agile" web event</a></strong>. <br> <br> <strong>(DAU POC: Dr. Renee Butler, <a class="ak-cke-href" href="mailto:renee.butler@dau.edu">renee.butler@dau.edu</a>)</strong> <hr />[<strong><a href="/powerful-examples/">RELATED CONTENT: DAU Powerful Examples Homepage</a></strong>]<br> [<strong><a href="http://www.dau.edu/aaf">RELATED CONTENT: Adaptive Acquisition Framework</a></strong>]<br> [<strong><a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/ot-guide/">RELATED CONTENT: DoD Other Transaction Guide</a></strong>]<br> [<strong><a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/mta/">RELATED CONTENT: Middle Tier of Acquisition Resource Page</a></strong>]<br> [<strong><a href="https://media.dau.edu/media/t/1_gk7b4ajb">RELATED CONTENT: "Let's Talk Agile" Web Event</a></strong>]<br> <br> For more information about this story, or to submit your own Powerful Example, send an email to the DAU Powerful Examples Team at <strong><a href="mailto:insight@dau.mil?subject=Powerful%20Example">insight@dau.mil</a>.</strong></div>string;#/powerful-examples/Blog/Powerful-Example-GBSD-Uses-Novel-Approaches-to-Deliver-Cutting-Edge-Capabilities
Powerful Example: Assessing the health of your Contracting organizationhttps://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=27Powerful Example: Assessing the health of your Contracting organization2022-01-04T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/COHAD Dashboard Web Version.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/COHAD Dashboard Web Version.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/COHAD Dashboard Web Version.jpg<div class="ExternalClassEDFFE076C94C40B8B63F967E8F487DBA">How do contracting leaders know they are making the right decisions regarding resource allocation, workload priorities, long and short term planning? A tool has been developed by a team in Defense Health Agency (DHA) to help answer these questions. The Contracting Office Health Assessment Dashboard (COHAD) has been developed to communicate clearly and rapidly about the health of internal contracting organizations across a wide variety of metrics.<br> <br> <iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/2203981/sp/220398100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/39997971/partner_id/2203981?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura_player&entry_id=1_3tzosdyz&flashvars%5bstreamerType%5d=auto" width="100%"></iframe> <div style="text-align:center;"><strong><a href="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/2203981/uiconf_id/39997971/entry_id/1_3tzosdyz/embed/dynamic">(Click here for full-screen viewing options)</a></strong></div> Hilary Lewis, project lead and Chief for the Managed Care Contracting Division’s TRICARE Support Branch spoke with Jeff Schmidt, DAU. They discussed the challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from the development of this tool.<br> <br> Identifying some of the challenges in developing the COHAD, Lewis said, “I wish I had known how everyone we share this with has a vested interest in what should be included/excluded and how the information should be presented/labeled. There are a lot of leaders with strong opinions! I would have polled more widely for metric ideas before starting out and did research about which metrics had the most robust data sources.There were some elements of the dashboard originally included that have very little data to support them and probably shouldn’t have been included because they don’t provide meaningful information.”<br> <br> The intended benefit is leadership uses the dashboard as a measure of the health of individual contracting offices – and to make fully informed decisions using the dashboard as their guide. In addition, the intended outcome is for contracting organizations within DHA to take actions that will improve their operating efficiency and effectiveness and be reflected in the Dashboard.<br> <br> Lewis identified the biggest benefit COHAD brings is it “synthesizes large volumes of data currently found in a wide variety of locations/sources. It brings the data into one place where the information can be accessed and utilized to make meaningful decisions. Also, this eliminates the need for iterative data calls/taskers—allowing information to be pulled when needed by leadership.”<br> <br> When it comes to lessons learned, “having a team of SMEs dedicated to this task is essential. While the tool is simple, it was anything but easy to develop and finalize. Having a champion is also key—someone who can understand and speak to both the acquisition and data systems makes things much easier. There were often times when the dashboard developers who fully understand how to manipulate data were at a standstill with acquisition professionals over a single word – it was key to have a translator who could speak to both acquisition terms of art and data analysis” said Lewis.</div>string;#/powerful-examples/Blog/Assessing-the-health-of-your-Contracting-organization
Powerful Example: Using Commercial Solutions Opening as a Force Enablerhttps://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=28Powerful Example: Using Commercial Solutions Opening as a Force Enabler2022-01-04T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/CSO Pilot Program.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/CSO Pilot Program.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/CSO Pilot Program.jpg<div class="ExternalClass11977EFEF1FE499F8FE5B81402250DDA"><p>A Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) is a merit-based source selection strategy for the Department of Defense (DoD) to acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, or services that directly fulfill requirements, close capability gaps, or provide potential technological advances. It’s focused on businesses or institutions that have “not traditionally” done business with the U.S. Government. CSO was authorized by Section 879 of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).</p> <iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/2203981/sp/220398100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/39997971/partner_id/2203981?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura_player&entry_id=1_61munw4l&flashvars%5bstreamerType%5d=auto" width="100%"></iframe> <div style="text-align:center;"><strong><a href="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/2203981/uiconf_id/39997971/entry_id/1_61munw4l/embed/dynamic">(Click here for full-screen viewing options)</a></strong></div> <p>Hilary Lewis, Chief for the Managed Care Contracting Division’s TRICARE Support Branch spoke with Jeff Schmidt, DAU. They discussed the challenges, benefits, and lessons learned using this innovative acquisition approach.</p> <p>In November 2019, Lewis served as the lead business advisor for the $39 million FY2018 NDAA Section 731. Section 731 directed the Patient Navigator Pilot Program using Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) Pilot Program. The goal of the CSO program was to improve the health outcomes and the patient experience for certain TRICARE Select beneficiaries.</p> <p>Lewis and her team brainstormed on how they could use this pilot program to resolve challenges. The team decided to pursue this pilot under a stand-alone contract apart from the existing TRICARE managed care support contracts. Meckel saw an opportunity to inject innovation and creativity into the contracting process by opening the bidding process to a more diverse vendor pool.</p> <p>Lewis and her team discussed the opportunities and limitations of the directive and created a plan to leverage non-traditional government sources. In addition to expanding the pool of possible industry partners, Lewis's team streamlined the way they evaluated source selection. The team knew when awarding a contract to a non-traditional source extra administrative steps are required. These steps ensure all pro-forma and government specific are met. Lewis and her team created a framework that met all of the requirements and then allowed vendors to share their proposed solutions.</p> <p>The CSO framework Lewis and team established reduced the burden on industry to compete, enhanced the communication and collaboration between industry and the Government and allowed greater flexibility to obtain widely varying proposed solutions. The CSO authority allowed the team to take advantage of innovation present in the commercial marketplace. In addition to more options the team found this approach led to a more compact schedule and competitive commercial pricing. Lewis stated that she and her team were able to collapse the traditional acquisition schedule from over 28 months to less than 10 months.</p> <p>Lewis shared how Industry responded and how highly they valued the opportunity to sell their approach in person at the "pitch day". The contracting team was able to focus on the key elements of the solutions during the presentations. This added focus allowed the team to streamline the selection process. They call their new approach a 'collaborative consensus' which allowed all participants to work together as a team to select the awardee.</p> <p>Lewis commented on the impact of creative thinking, specifically 'how much streamlining is possible if you think creatively."</p> <p>The past Defense Health Agency Head of Contracting Agency and current Defense Pricing and Contracting, John Tenaglia, noted; "Well done! Very thoughtful and creative."</p></div>string;#/powerful-examples/Blog/Using-Commercial-Solutions-Opening-as-a-Force-Enabler
Powerful Example: IVAS Program uses Middle Tier and Other Transaction Authoritieshttps://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=26Powerful Example: IVAS Program uses Middle Tier and Other Transaction Authorities2020-12-14T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/IVAS_3_png_J_VLxOyx.jpg, https://www.dau.edu/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/IVAS_3_png_J_VLxOyx.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/powerful-examples/PublishingImages/IVAS_3_png_J_VLxOyx.jpg<div class="ExternalClassFD75D1508EFB43B89EF15EA7ACD38CEF">The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program office employed critical thinking and innovative practices in the strategy, planning and execution of IVAS--an acquisition program designed to give our Soldiers, Marines and Special Operators a decisive advantage in close-combat capability. The program team leveraged the <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/">Adaptive Acquisition Framework</a>, <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/mta/">Middle Tier of Acquisition Pathway/Rapid Prototyping Path</a> as highlighted in DoDI 5000.80, as well as <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/ot-guide/">Other Transaction Authorities</a> to contract with Microsoft and other traditional and non-traditional vendors. Additionally, they involved Soldiers in the design and test process ("Soldier-Centered Design"), collaborated with key stakeholders and industry as one team (the "right team"), and effectively identified, managed and drove down risk as development and testing progressed. <div style="max-width:850px;"> <div style="position:relative;padding-bottom:52.9412%;text-align:center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" id="kaltura_player" src="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/2203981/sp/220398100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/39997971%20%20/partner_id/2203981?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura_player&entry_id=1_ldbl525g&flashvars%5bstreamerType%5d=auto&flashvars%5blocalizationCode%5d=en&flashvars%5bhotspots.plugin%5d=1&flashvars%5bmediaProxy.mediaPlayFrom%5d=0&flashvars%5bKaltura.addCrossoriginToIframe%5d=true&&wid=1_jzqcw30q" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;" title="Kaltura Player" width="850"></iframe></div> </div> <div style="text-align:center;">(<strong><a href="https://media.dau.edu/media/IVAS+Powerful+ExampleA+Game-Changing+Technology/1_ldbl525g">Click here for full screen viewing options</a></strong>)</div> <br> IVAS is a low-profile, ruggedized Heads-Up Display (HUD) with a body borne computer pack, Conformal Wearable Battery (CWB), squad radio, and integrated thermal and low light sensors that provides the Close Combat Force a single platform to fight, rehearse, and train. The IVAS suite of capabilities leverages tactical mixed reality to enable planning, networked information sharing via Tactical Cloud Package (TCP) and Cloud Services, and an augmented reality Synthetic Training Environment (STE) and Squad immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) that enables the Warfighter to fight ‘25 bloodless battles’ before engaging the enemy. IVAS integrates next generation situational awareness tools and high-resolution simulations to deliver a single platform that improves Soldier sensing, decision making, target acquisition, and target engagement. These capabilities will provide the increased lethality, mobility, and situational awareness necessary to achieve overmatch against our current and future adversaries.<br> <br> Team IVAS is on target to begin production in March 2021, with first unit equipped in September 2021, accelerating the development process by more than four years compared to traditional acquisition processes. <hr /><b>Related - <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/ot-guide/">DAU Powerful Examples Home Page</a></b><br> <strong>Related -</strong> <strong><a href="/powerful-examples/Blog/Powerful-Example--Army-IVAS">Powerful Example: Army IVAS brings together the right requirements with the right acquisition strategy</a></strong><br> <b>Related - <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/">DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework</a><br> Related - <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/mta/">DoD Middle Tier Acquisition Authorities</a><br> Related - <a href="https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/ot-guide/">DoD Other Transaction Authorities</a></b><br> <br> For more information about this story, or to submit your own Powerful Example, send an email to the DAU Powerful Examples Team at <strong><a href="mailto:insight@dau.mil?subject=Powerful%20Example">insight@dau.mil</a>.</strong></div>string;#/powerful-examples/Blog/Powerful-Example-IVAS-Program-uses-Middle-Tier-and-Other-Transaction-Authorities

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