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International Acquisition Logistics Acquisition Logistics2022-09-30T16:00:00Z Fields/DAU_Logistics Defense ATL Hand May June 2015_20170209.jpg, Fields/DAU_Logistics Defense ATL Hand May June 2015_20170209.jpg Fields/DAU_Logistics Defense ATL Hand May June 2015_20170209.jpg<div class="ExternalClass3A3C8776D87442C089DBAF90CE7B2C17">During World War II, U.S. Navy Admiral Ernest King reportedly said, "I don't know much about this thing called logistics. All I know is that I want some." Like most military professionals, ADM King realized that our naval forces -- and those of our allies -- could not accomplish their mission objectives without adequate logistics support. As DAU international acquisition professors, we are often asked about various aspects of international acquisition logistics during classes and mission assistance efforts. For those readers who are interested in learning more about this topic, here are a few 'basics' to keep in mind. <h3><strong>DoD Product Support & Life Cycle Logistics Policy</strong></h3> Since I joined the DoD acquisition workforce in 1980 as a Logistics Management Specialist trainee, DoD terminology has evolved from Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) to Integrated Product Support (ISP). <ul> <li>Two additional elements, product support management and sustaining engineering, were added by DoD in 2011 to reflect enhanced Product Support Manager (PSM) and Life Cycle Logistician (LCL) roles and responsibilities within the acquisition program team.</li> <li><strong><a href="">DoDI 5000.91, "Product Support Management for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework" </a></strong>published in November 2021 established Product Support Strategy (PSS) requirements for the various AAF pathways, including Middle Tier Acquisition (MTA) and Major Capability Acquisition (MCA) programs.</li> <li>PSMs and LCLs are responsible for development of a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) for the system that provides a framework to think systematically and critically through the set of planning factors that must be integrated and communicated to achieve required sustainment outcomes.</li> </ul> For MTA programs, the Rapid Fielding Pathway's LCSP must address logistics support and training; system, joint, and coalition interoperability; and planning for cooperative opportunities, including foreign sales.<br> <br> For MCA programs, Program Managers (PMs) are responsible for integrating international acquisition and exportability planning into the program’s acquisition strategy -- including the PSS and LCSP -- beginning at the entry milestone and continuing through all phases of the acquisition process. <h3><strong>International Acquisition Logistics Mechanisms</strong></h3> DoD PMs and program teams use the following statutorily authorized mechanisms to achieve PSS and LCSP outcomes for allied/friendly nations that acquire DoD systems: <ul> <li><strong>International Cooperative Programs (ICP)</strong> international agreements</li> <li><strong>Foreign Military Sales (FMS)</strong> Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs)</li> <li><strong>Building Partner Capacity (BPC) </strong>program Pseudo-LOAs</li> </ul> In the ICP area, system RDT&E, <strong><a href="/cop/iam/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/PSFD%20MOU%20Overview-Models%20R2%209-29-22.pdf?Web=1">Production, Sustainment & Follow-on Development (PSFD) and Sustainment & Follow-on Development (SFD) international agreements</a></strong> are used to cooperatively develop and implement system PSS and LCSP documents that address both U.S. domestic and allied/friendly partner nation logistics requirements. In the FMS area, FMS LOAs must include <strong><a href="">FMS Total Package Approach (TPA) logistics support</a></strong> for the system being acquired. In the BPC program area, DoD Components that prepare BPC Pseudo-LOAs are responsible for including <strong><a href="">BPC TPA logistics support</a></strong> for the system being provided. <h3><strong>International Acquisition Logistics Philosophy</strong></h3> In broad terms, the most effective approach in DoD international acquisition logistics at the system level is to persuade allied/friendly nations to join DoD in pursuit of a system PSS and LCSP approach that emphasizes commonality and discourages divergence across all 12 IPS elements. This approach maximizes interoperability and interchangeability -- and helps achieve greater affordability -- during the system's Operations & Support (O&S) phase for U.S. and allied/friendly nation system owners and operators. That said, it's difficult in the 'real world' of DoD systems -- which have widely varying PSS approaches depending on when they were initially acquired and how they have evolved throughout their life cycles -- to achieve this platonic ideal.<br> <br> We encourage PMs, PSMs, LCL personnel, and other program team members to employ a pragmatic approach on their system that emphasizes the benefits of collective U.S. and allied/friendly nation investment -- based on a common, performance-based product support and life cycle logistics approach -- versus the adverse operational impacts and increased costs of each nation "going their own way" and "paying extra to be different."<br> <br> Experience has shown that achieving optimal international acquisition logistics results at the system level is part science, part art that requires occasional creativity and brilliance mixed with large amounts of persistence and resilience. DAU stands ready to assist your program in addressing any challenges it is encountering in the international acquisition logistics domain.<br> <br> Until next time, <br> Prof K</div>string;#/training/career-development/intl-acq-mgmt/blog/International-Acquisition-Logistics
International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Aspects of Program Protection Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Aspects of Program Protection2022-08-31T16:00:00Z Interest Areas/DAU_Cybersecurity DoD Seal_20170104.jpg, Interest Areas/DAU_Cybersecurity DoD Seal_20170104.jpg Interest Areas/DAU_Cybersecurity DoD Seal_20170104.jpg<div class="ExternalClass3C1958BAF4F747F09B0E5756718836E0">The Program Protection Measures (PPMs) that are designed and developed during a system's Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase also form the bedrock of that system's Defense Exportability Features (DEF) efforts.<br> <br> As the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) construct matures, more and more programs are transitioning from Middle Tier Acquisition (MTA) to Major Capability Acquisition (MCA) pathways. The MTA pathway policies do not emphasize the importance of either PPMs or DEF, while the MCA pathway policies require robust PPMs and DEF. We have already begun hearing about some of the PPM and DEF challenges that Program Management Offices (PMOs) and Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) are facing when they transition from the MTA to the MCA pathway as a result of DAU Course teaching and Mission Assistance support interactions with DoD acquisition workforce members and industry.<br> <br> We have also noticed that the PPM environment has evolved, particularly with the advent of <a href="">DoDI 5000.90, "Cybersecurity for Acquisition Decision Authorities and Program Managers</a>." In the past, PMOs/IPTs tended to focus primarily on Communications Security (COMSEC) requirements for National Security Systems -- i.e., communication equipment & data links used to transmit Classified Military Information (CMI) -- and the Critical Program Information/Critical Components (CPI/CC) used/embedded in a system and its logistics support system. The new, robust Cybersecurity requirements in DoDI 5000.90 focus on protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) used/embedded not only the system and its support system but also resident in the Trusted Systems and Networks (TSNs) in government and industry that are used to sustain and upgrade the system throughout its lifecycle as defined in <a href="">DoDI 5200.44, "Protection of Mission Critical Functions to Achieve Trusted Systems and Networks"</a> (TSNs).<br> <br> Robust PPMs in all of these areas are essential to protect U.S. systems and support systems from compromise in the persistent 360 degree threat environment they face. Many PMOs/IPTs transitioning from the MTA to the MCA pathway are facing substantial performance, cost, and schedule challenges in designing and developing holistic PPMs to meet these requirements, particularly in the areas of increased programmatic and technological risks (and associated costs) that must be funded by Title 10 DoD dollars.<br> <br> MCA DEF requirements can only be achieved if: <ul> <li>these 'domestic" PPM challenges are met; and,</li> <li>if the system is designed and developed based on MCA pathway Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) requirements that enable the incorporation of DEF differential capability modifications -- funded by foreign purchasers of the system -- that may be required by U.S. Government and DoD Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) authorities.</li> </ul> My next blog on this subject will explore some of the 'how to" aspects that PMOs/IPTs must consider in achieving MCA PPMs and DEF in our next generation systems.<br> <br> Until next time,<br> Prof K<br> <br></div>string;#/training/career-development/intl-acq-mgmt/blog/International-Acquisition-and-Exportability-(IAandE)-Aspects-of-Program-Protection
DAU Webinar on International Acquisition – Ukraine and Beyond (Aug 2nd) Webinar on International Acquisition – Ukraine and Beyond (Aug 2nd)2022-07-27T12:00:00Z Interest Areas/DAU_International Acquisition UN_20170104.jpg, Interest Areas/DAU_International Acquisition UN_20170104.jpg Interest Areas/DAU_International Acquisition UN_20170104.jpg<div class="ExternalClass21077AFCFE324AE398C9C4D277FD3525">Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has organized a Webinar series that focuses on the defense acquisition aspects of Great Power Competition in the global security environment (<a href="/greatpowercompetition" target="_blank"><strong>to learn more click here</strong></a><strong>)</strong>.<br> <br> Our next Webinar, “<a href="/event/Competing%20to%20Win%20International%20Acquisition"><strong>Competing to Win - International Acquisition – Ukraine and Beyond</strong></a>” on August 2, 2022 from 12:30 – 2pm (ET) will explore DoD's International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) activities that are vital to the achievement of U.S. National Security and Defense strategy objectives. U.S. defense material support to Ukraine highlights the importance of DoD acquisition as a key tool of foreign policy. What lessons from our Ukrainian experience should we consider in the broader context of strategic competition with other Great Powers?<br> <br> Our highly qualified panel of IA&E experts will discuss how these lessons could shape future DoD International Acquisition efforts with allies and friends. <ul> <li><a href=""><strong>VADM Frank Morley</strong></a><strong>, Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)</strong></li> <li><a href=""><strong>Michele Hizon</strong></a><strong>, Deputy Director, Defense Technology Security Administration</strong></li> <li><a href=""><strong>Dr. Jerry McGinn</strong></a><strong>, Executive Director, George Mason University Center for Government Contracting</strong></li> <li><a href=""><strong>Frank Kenlon</strong></a><strong>, DAU (Panel Moderator)</strong></li> </ul> We encourage everyone interested in this topic to join us on August 2 at 12:30pm by registering on the “Events” section of the <a href="/event/Competing%20to%20Win%20International%20Acquisition"><strong> Website</strong></a>.<br> <br> Until next time,<br> Prof K</div>string;#/training/career-development/intl-acq-mgmt/blog/DAU-Webinar-on-International-Acquisition-–-Ukraine-and-Beyond-(Aug-2nd)
INT 2110 - International Acquisition & Security Cooperation Program Management 2110 - International Acquisition & Security Cooperation Program Management2022-06-24T12:00:00Z Images/DAU_Locations Headquarters_20170104.jpg, Images/DAU_Locations Headquarters_20170104.jpg Images/DAU_Locations Headquarters_20170104.jpg<div class="ExternalClass15D483BA91FB4647AB1DC5CDE7C20906">Defense Acquisition University (DAU) deployed its new <strong><a href="">INT 2110 - International Acquisition/Security Cooperation Program Management online course</a></strong> on June 22, 2022. This course provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of DoD International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) and DoD Security Cooperation concepts throughout the acquisition life-cycle. It is based on IA&E best practices that have been used by DoD Program Management Office (PMO) and Integrated Product Team (IPT) organizations to improve acquisition outcomes and contribute to the accomplishment of DoD and U.S. Government Security Cooperation objectives.<br> <br> INT 2110 begins with an IA&E/Security Cooperation knowledge refresher. The second module explores five acquisition life-cycle scenarios -- development and early production; mature production; non-program of record sale; and out-of-production system support, plus an historical example -- where students are provided with the opportunity to apply their IA&E knowledge to address various challenges and opportunities. The third module focuses on three IA&E best practice areas -- the PMO's role in IA&E efforts; working with industry on IA&E matters; and program-specific international business planning concepts -- that provide students with key IA&E decision frameworks and planning tools that are essential in achieving optimal IA&E outcomes at the PMO level.<br> <br> INT 2110 replaces the IA&E learning content previously contained in <strong><a href="">PMT 3550</a></strong> which was retired in November 2021. The INT 2110 target audience includes DoD Acquisition Workforce (AWF) members in the Program Management (PM) and other Functional Areas, including those members who are also part of the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) Acquisition Management Area of Concentration. PMO/IPT and other DoD AWF/SCW personnel that have a role in program/project-level IA&E planning and management activities who have not previously completed PMT 3550 should consider taking this course, especially if they are assigned to programs, projects or other acquisition efforts with planned or ongoing IA&E activities.<br> <br> If you have any questions about this course, or other DoD International Acquisition online or virtual/resident courses, please contact the DSMC-International Center faculty at <br> <br> Consider visiting the <strong><a href="">DAU iCatalog</a> </strong>to sign up today!<br> <br> Until next time,<br> Prof K</div>string;#/training/career-development/intl-acq-mgmt/blog/INT-2110-International-Acquisition-and-Security-Cooperation-Program-Management

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