Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Publishes Technical Data and Computer Software Handbook (Aug. 28, 2015)
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s newly revised handbook entitled Acquiring and Enforcing the Government’s Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software Under Department of Defense Contracts: A Practical Handbook for Acquisition Professionals, has numerous space acquisition examples throughout. It’s a very practical handbook to acquiring technical data and computer software rights at every stage of a system’s life cycle—a critical consideration in controlling life cycle costs.
DAU’s Space Acquisition Learning Assets—FY16 (September 1, 2015)
The Defense Acquisition University has developed many learning assets for the space acquisition community. The Space Acquisition Gateway at https://dap.dau.mil/gateways/space/Pages/Default.aspx provides one-stop access to these assets. The gateway includes links to:
Space Acquisition ACQuipedia Article
Space Acquisition Community of Practice (CoP) (https://acc.dau.mil/space)
Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Satellite Acquisition Wall Chart
Rapid Deployment Training (RDT) for the Space Systems Acquisition Policy
Registration for the ACQ-203 Space Variant
DAU offers a Space Variant of ACQ-203 (Intermediate Systems Acquisition Course). For FY16, the schedule is:
Section #560 Los Angeles,
California Oct. 26-30, 2015
Section #552 Peterson AFB,
Colorado Nov. 2-6, 2015
Section #561 Los Angeles,
California Jan. 25-29, 2016
Section #554 Lackland AFB, Texas April 4-8, 2016
Section #562 Los Angeles,
California April 11-15, 2016
Section #564 Kirtland AFB,
New Mexico May 2-6, 2016
Section #563 Los Angeles,
California June 20-24, 2016
Section #557 Peterson AFB,
Colorado July 25-29, 2016
Section #558 Lackland AFB, Texas Aug. 8-12, 2016
To register for this course, go to https://dap.dau.mil/career/pmt/pages/enroll.aspx. For further information, contact Steve Skotte (Defense Acquisition University’s Space Acquisition POC) at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-524-4802.
NASA’s Knowledge Map (September 23, 2015)
NASA has developed an excellent knowledge sharing tool at http://km.nasa.gov/knowledge-map/. Many of the lessons learned, case studies, etc., might have applicability to DoD space programs. Let me encourage you to check it out.
Defense Undersecretary Kendall addresses “Better Buying Power 3.0” to Air Force’s Space Acquirers (September 24, 2015)
On Sept. 23, 2015, Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, addressed an “All Call” at the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. Kendall spoke about DoD’s strategic guidance and how it influences and affects SMC’s mandates, goals, and commitments. The undersecretary expressed the need for a “paradigm change” in how the Air Force operates in space. He is also concerned about the United States’ potential loss of technological superiority. The article is available at http://www.afspc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123457069&source=GovD.
Read more of Skotte’s Blog entries at https://dap.dau.mil/training/cl/blogs/default.aspx.