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New GAO Testimony on IT and Cybersecurity GAO Testimony on IT and Cybersecurity2021-04-16T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassD85AD04611114F62843457BF0A8982E8">The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released new testimony of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled “<a href="">GAO-21-422T Information Technology and Cybersecurity: Significant Attention Is Needed to Address High-Risk Areas</a>”.<br> <br> According to the GAO, “the federal government spends more than $100 billion on IT and cyber-related investments annually—but many of them have failed or performed poorly, have been poorly managed, and have security weaknesses. Improving IT acquisitions and operations management and ensuring cybersecurity have been on our <a href="">High Risk List</a> since 2015 and 1997, respectively. We testified that little progress has been made. The federal government and agencies must take action. For example, the government should develop and execute a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. Agencies have yet to implement many of our critical recommendations in these areas.”</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/New-GAO-Testimony-on-IT-and-Cybersecurity
Call for Nominations for the 2021 DoD PBL Awards for Nominations for the 2021 DoD PBL Awards2021-04-16T16:00:00Z 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="ExternalClassEECADBCDD1844DA380C5B2B2EA0406FE">DoD this week issued a call for nominations for the annual Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Awards in a Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment memo entitled “<a href="/cop/pbl/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/USD%20A-S%20Call%20for%202021%20DoD%20PBL%20Award%20Nominations%20-%20April%202021.pdf">2021 Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Award Nominations</a>". <br> <br> According to this memo, "Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) is a key Department of Defense strategy for delivering integrated, affordable, performance-based product support solutions designed to deliver Warfighter requirements and reduce cost. The tenets of PBL incentivize productivity and innovation in industry and government. The Department instituted the PBL Awards to enhance awareness and encourage excellence of this important strategy. Prior winners have achieved superior performance for the Warfighter while controlling cost growth, addressing long-term affordability, and promoting industry competition and innovation. Through the PBL Awards, the Department recognizes organizations responsible for outstanding achievements in PBL development, implementation, and execution. The awards honor performance in two categories: System Level and Subsystem Level, to include all other subassemblies, components, products and services. The winners in each category will be acknowledged at the next Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Workshop and by formal presentation of the award at their command.”<br> <br> Nominations for this prestigious award are due by Friday, August 13, 2021. Detailed submission instructions and criteria are contained in the <a href="/cop/pbl/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/USD%20A-S%20Call%20for%202021%20DoD%20PBL%20Award%20Nominations%20-%20April%202021.pdf">announcement memorandum</a>, which is available in the “<a href="/cop/pbl/Pages/Topics/Award%20Winning%20PBL%20Programs.aspx">Award Winning Programs</a>” section of the <a href="/cop/pbl/Pages/Default.aspx">DoD Performance Based Logistics Community of Practice (PBL CoP)</a>. <br> <br> As a side note for those who may be looking for examples of successful PBL implementation strategies, encourage you to peruse the list of previous winners’ nomination packages, as well as take a look at a video from our ongoing “Powerful Examples of Program Success” series entitled “<a href="">Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Use of Outcome-Based Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Product Support Strategies</a>”. Additionally, recommend also visiting a May 8, 2020 LOG Blog post entitled "<a href="/training/career-development/logistics/blog/One-Stop-Shop-for-PBL-Resources-References-Training">One-Stop Shop for PBL Resources, References, Training</a>" for a comprehensive listing of -- and direct access to -- the wide-array of DAU resources on this powerful DoD product support strategy.</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Call-for-Nominations-for-the-2021-DoD-PBL-Awards
NPS Acquisition Research Symposium Coming Soon Acquisition Research Symposium Coming Soon2021-04-15T12:00:00Z and Weapon Systems/2020-07-31_10-36-18.png, and Weapon Systems/2020-07-31_10-36-18.png and Weapon Systems/2020-07-31_10-36-18.png<div class="ExternalClass8477967B45DD4933811FC8108D6B90C7">The Naval Postgraduate School will be hosting their <a href="">18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium Interactive Online Event</a> May 11-13, 2021. Attendees must register to attend this live, virtual event. Registration is now open.<br> <br> According to the NPS website, “the purpose of the Annual Acquisition Research Symposium is to provide a forum for the presentation of scholarly acquisition research, as well as for dialogue between scholars and acquisition policy-makers and practitioners. Research papers and presentations are given on recently completed and on-going Departments of Defense and US Navy (DoD/DON)-sponsored projects conducted by researchers at a variety of research institutions. Senior DoD/DON acquisition officials serve as panelists or keynote speakers to present their critiques and comments on research papers and priorities.” Panels will cover a number of topics of potential interest to the life cycle logistics and product support manager community, including: <ul> <li>Implications of the Next Administration for the Defense Acquisition System</li> <li>Acquisition Modernization</li> <li>Ship Maintenance and Acquisition</li> <li>Strategies for Awarding Contracts Better, Faster, and Cheaper</li> <li>Innovating and Nurturing the Acquisition Workforce</li> <li>Blockchain and Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain</li> <li>Risk and Resilience in the Supply Chain</li> <li>Accounting for Uncertainty in Cost Estimating</li> <li>Trends in Defense Acquisition: Analysis from CSIS and GAO</li> <li>Improving Acquisition Performance with Systems Engineering</li> <li>The Art and Science of Program Management</li> <li>Following the Money in Defense Acquisition</li> <li>Enhancing Acquisition with Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity</li> <li>Better Decision-Making Through Technology</li> <li>Logistics in Contested Environment</li> <li>Managing Technology Acquisition</li> <li>The Digital Transformation of Engineering</li> <li>Managing Risk in Software Development and Acquisition</li> <li>A Global Perspective on Defense Acquisition</li> <li>Principles for Managing Software Acquisition</li> <li>Deliver at the Speed of Relevance</li> <li>Tools and Strategies for Acquiring Information Technology</li> </ul></div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/NPS-Acquisition-Research-Symposium-Coming-Soon
April 2021 CRS Reports of Potential Interest (Part 1) 2021 CRS Reports of Potential Interest (Part 1)2021-04-15T12:00:00Z Fields/2017-03-15_10-49-15.jpg, Fields/2017-03-15_10-49-15.jpg Fields/2017-03-15_10-49-15.jpg<div class="ExternalClassDC38ED924D02408795FF9549F4F8D616">Welcome to the first of our regular bi-monthly summaries for the month of April 2021 of recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) <a href="">reports and primers</a> on a range of defense-, weapon system-, acquisition-, pandemic-, and supply chain management-related topics. Several <a href="">recent issuances of potential interest</a> to the defense acquisition workforce include: <ul> <li>The Army’s Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF), Apr 13, 2021</li> <li>Defense Primer: What Is Command and Control?, Apr 08, 2021</li> <li>Navy Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) Program: Background and Issues, April 1, 2021 </li> </ul> A quick reminder: The CRS “…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/April-2021-CRS-Reports-of-Potential-Interest-Part-1

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