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Reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is one of the keys to the already solved problems, and gives facility for pursuing the unsolved ones.—Abraham Lincoln
Welcome to the Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics(AT&L) Professional Reading Program. The objective of the reading program is to provide members of the AT&L workforce with ideas and insights of thought leaders throughout the ages,with the expectation that this will stimulate new ideas and innovations within our own domain, and will ultimately lead to improved acquisition outcomes.
We encourage our readers to submit reviews of books they believe should be required reading for the defense acquisition professional. The proposed books should be of general interest to the defense acquisition community. The reviews should be 500 words or fewer, describe the book and its major ideas, and explain why it is relevant to defense acquisition. Please send your reviews to the managing editor, Defense Acquisition Research Journal (DefenseARJ@dau.mil).
Remarks from Senior Leadership
The Honorable Frank Kendall
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
In keeping with our initiatives to improve the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce, I am pleased to announce the creation of the Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Professional Reading Program. Recognizing that creating and maintaining high professional standards requires the development of strategic and critical thinking, the Reading Program is designed to help prepare both key leaders and rising leaders for the challenges ahead, by looking at the history, politics, and culture that have shaped defense acquisition. It is intended to supplement the hands-on experience, education, and training required of our total acquisition workforce. Your participation in the Defense AT&L Professional Reading Program will help foster the culture of excellence, responsibility, integrity, and accountability that has always been demanded, and always demonstrated.
Mr. James P. Woolsey
President, Defense Acquisition University
Defense acquisition has always been a dynamic process, and the Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Professional Reading Program is dynamic as well. The books in the program have been selected by key leaders in the defense acquisition community to help inform and shape the strategic and critical thinking of our workforce;
this list will change over time as new works become available, and older ones merit revisiting. The following Guide to the Defense AT&L Professional Reading Program will help you get started and explain how to engage with the books and with one another. Most of all, we encourage you to bring what you have learned and recognized into your defense acquisition experience.