Sharing Your Powerful Examples:
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.
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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