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Recent CRS Reports of Potential Interest CRS Reports of Potential Interest2020-05-26T12:00:00Z and Weapon Systems/DAU_F35 JSF-3_20171010.jpg, and Weapon Systems/DAU_F35 JSF-3_20171010.jpg and Weapon Systems/DAU_F35 JSF-3_20171010.jpg<div class="ExternalClass37B63E2D8CE94127B8253997A7BEADC2">As I’ve shared previously, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) regularly prepares a series of <a href="">insightful reports and primers</a> on a range of defense-, pandemic-, and supply chain management-related topics. Several recent issuances of potential interest to the life cycle logistics and product support manager community include:<br> <ul> <li><a href="">Considering the Source: Varieties of COVID-19 Information (May 19, 2020)</a></li> <li><a href="">Multiyear Procurement (MYP) and Block Buy Contracting in Defense Acquisition: Background and issues for Congress (May 14, 2020)</a></li> <li><a href="">Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress (May 14, 2020)</a></li> <li><a href="">F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program (May 13, 2020)</a></li> <li><a href="">COVID-19: Potential Implications for International Security Environment – Overviews of Issues and Further Reading for Congress (May 8, 2020)</a></li> </ul> <br> For those not familiar with the CRS, it “…serves as nonpartisan shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. It operates solely at the behest of and under the direction of Congress. Information in a CRS Report should not be relied upon for purposes other than public understanding of information that has been provided by CRS to Members of Congress in connection with CRS’s institutional role. CRS Reports, as a work of the United States Government, are not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Any CRS Report may be reproduced and distributed in its entirety without permission from CRS. However, as a CRS Report may include copyrighted images or material from a third party, you may need to obtain the permission of the copyright holder if you wish to copy or otherwise use copyrighted material.”</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Recent-CRS-Reports-of-Potential-Interest
Air Force's Advanced Manufacturing Olympics Force's Advanced Manufacturing Olympics2020-05-26T12:00:00Z Interest Areas/DAU_Additive Manufactuing-2_20170104.jpg, Interest Areas/DAU_Additive Manufactuing-2_20170104.jpg Interest Areas/DAU_Additive Manufactuing-2_20170104.jpg<div class="ExternalClassB980733907DE48E0A8654C8EAD4DD64A">Sponsored by its <a href="">Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO),</a> the Air Force has announced its inaugural <a href="">Advanced Manufacturing Olympics</a> coming up virtually in November 2020. Originally scheduled this summer as an onsite event, the rescheduled Advanced Manufacturing Olympics is billed as “… an exciting week of collaboration, technical design challenges, speakers, and more, all focused on advanced manufacturing. Wherever you are, discover new technologies and insights from thought-leaders across government, industry, academia and small businesses – delivered straight to your digital device.”<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Air-Force-Advanced-Manufacturing-Olympics
Timely, yet Timeless Core Values, yet Timeless Core Values2020-05-22T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass319AF6ED464A4DCEAD0822CB9C1139B3">Back in 2011, I shared a LOG Blog post simply entitled “<a href="/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Core-Values">Core Values</a>” in which I reflected on the foundational “bedrock principles” espoused in the core values of America’s uniformed services. I confess I remain humbled and impressed to this day by the timely, yet timeless simplicity and profound impact of these words. As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, permit me to encourage you to read through them once again:<br> <br> <strong><a href="">Core Values of the United States Air Force</a></strong> <ul> <li>Integrity First</li> <li>Service Before Self</li> <li>Excellence in All We Do</li> </ul> <a href=""><strong>Core Values of the United States Navy</strong></a> and the <a href=""><strong>United States Marine Corps</strong></a> <ul> <li>Honor</li> <li>Courage</li> <li>Commitment</li> </ul> <a href=""><strong>Core Values of the United States Army</strong></a> <ul> <li>Loyalty</li> <li>Duty</li> <li>Respect</li> <li>Selfless Service</li> <li>Honor</li> <li>Integrity</li> <li>Personal Courage</li> </ul> <a href=""><strong>Core Values of the United States Coast Guard</strong></a> <ul> <li>Honor</li> <li>Respect</li> <li>Devotion to Duty</li> </ul> <strong><a href="">Core Values of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service</a></strong> <ul> <li>Leadership</li> <li>Service</li> <li>Integrity</li> <li>Excellence</li> </ul> <a href=""><strong>Core Values of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps</strong></a> <ul> <li>Honor</li> <li>Respect</li> <li>Commitment</li> </ul> As I shared in that earlier blog post,<strong> “</strong>…as life cycle logisticians I personally believe it is vitally important that we each not only understand and embrace these core values, but that we make them foundational underpinnings of our daily activities, particularly as we strive to meet the product support requirements of our Warfighter customers.” I still believe that. I also believe, regardless of whether we personally wear a uniform or not, that we as acquisition professionals – regardless of whether we are assigned to or supporting our military and uniformed forces -- should embrace and live out these core values in our daily activities as well. So what do you think?</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Timely-yet-Timeless-Core-Values
Memorial Day 2020 Day 20202020-05-22T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass6AEC222F1A0442CE9FFFE4920545CBE5">I suspect most of us intuitively recognize that <a href="">Memorial Day 2020 will in many ways be dramatically different</a> than previous years due in large measure to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And yet the most important aspect of all -- namely the reason we Americans have celebrated this holiday for more than 150 years – remains as timeless as ever.<br> <br> If you have a moment, I commend for your reading the words of <a href="">Public Law 106-579</a> which reminds us that “…it is essential to remember and renew the legacy of Memorial Day, which was established in 1868 to pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families.”<br> <br> As I have shared in previous years, encourage you to please take time this Memorial Day to thank a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman for their service on behalf of this great nation of ours, as well as to take a moment to gratefully consider the sacrifice made by our fallen and missing comrades in arms. On behalf of a grateful nation, may their service not ever be forgotten or taken for granted. As General of the Armies, John J. Pershing so succinctly put it many years ago: “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”<br> <br> <br> <em>(Photo courtesy of the </em><a href=""><em>American Battle Monuments Commission</em></a><em>)</em></div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Memorial-Day-2020