Sign In
          • DAU Powerful Examples Initiative for Sharing DAU Best Practices and DAU Lessons Learned

            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

            Latest Blog Posts

            soldier with JRAC

            JRAC helps Warfighters overcome urgent threat from enemy drones

            By carefully following the five phase approach for Joint Urgent Operational Needs (JUONs), the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell was able to quickly deliver critical, anti-drone capabilities to deployed Warfighters. Read more

            soldiers in field

            B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program - Breaking Down Silos to "Go Faster with Rigor"

            CERP program leverages Section 804 authorities, resulting in schedule and cost reduction, reduction of non-value added documentation, early virtual prototypes, and the ability to release RFPs in milestones. Read more

            soldiers in field

            Powerful Example: USSOCOM Supporting the Hyper Enabled Operator with Agile Logistics Capabilities

            Col. Donald Wols, J4, Director of Logistics at the United States Special Operations Command and Major Chris Baldwin of The J4 Logistics Integration Division share their success in rapidly developing a new tool for logistics and materiel solutions... Read more


            Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II: Performance Support Through Multimedia

            The Product Support Manager (PSM) and Director of Logistics for the Army’s Program Manager Force Projection outline a powerful example of product support innovation and cost savings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price/Released) Read more

            Kessel Run office

            Kessel Run - Smuggling Innovation into the DoD

            The Kessel Run Experimentation Lab is not your typical DoD program - it's not located on a military installation, you won't see anyone wearing a suit and it's driven by an almost frenetic need to innovate. It's leaders wouldn't have it any other way. Read more

            firefighters fighting fire

            Using Enterprise Sourcing to Reduce Costs and Improve Mission Effectiveness

            Air Force Installation Contracting Agency’s (AFICA) use of a structured data driven methodology called Enterprise Sourcing is highlighted in this excellent short five minute video. (Photo by SSgt Janiqua Robinson, identified by DVIDS) Read more