Category Archives: January-February 2016

Defense AT&L: January – February 2016


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Better Buying Power Principles – What Are They?


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Author: Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

kendall-200Inevitably, whenever any senior leader embarks on a set of initiatives intended to improve an organization’s performance and labels that set of initiatives, he or she can expect one reaction for certain. That reaction is what I would describe as genuflecting in the direction of the title of the initiative by various stakeholders who are trying to show the leader that they are aligned with his or her intent.

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Building Resilient Systems Via Strong Human Systems Integration


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Author: Mica R. Endsley, Ph.D.

Imagine a land called Nonods in which the people built a great many bridges. These bridges had a tendency to collapse frequently, however, killing or injuring a number of Nonods in the process. The bridges were also fairly rickety requiring lengthy training as well as many procedures to avoid falling off of them, significantly slowing traffic across the land. Now within Nonods there were many civil engineers who had amassed significant knowledge about how to build strong bridges that would not fall and that would support much more rapid traffic.

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World War, Then and Now–World War III in the 21st Century


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Author: Craig Arndt, D. Eng.

This is the first of three articles addressing some of the challenges facing the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in developing effective weapons and systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This first installment addresses a number of issues centering on the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), including what it is, how it is being waged, what effect it is having on long-term national defense strategy and force structure planning, and the GWOT requirements for developing weapons and tactics to meet these challenges. The second article in the series will focus on engineering a new generation of weapons and systems to win the war on terrorism. The final article will examine new approaches and methods for developing and fielding more capable defense systems faster with a smaller defense acquisition infrastructure in the next century.

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The International Defense System After-Action Review – An Industry Perspective


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Author: Lawrence E. Casper

This is the fourth in a series of articles by the author on international defense sales. The previous three articles appeared in the September-October 2014, March-April 2015 and September-October 2015 issues of Defense AT&L magazine.

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Maritime Autonomy–Reducing the Risk in a High-Risk Program


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Author: David Antanitus

The fielding of independently deployed unmanned surface vessels designed from the ground up for no person to step aboard at any point in their operating cycles under sparse remote supervisory control is the next necessary technology leap if we are to drastically reduce the number of personnel required to support our warfighting missions and platforms. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) undertook the challenge of developing an autonomy suite and building a ship to accomplish this goal with its vision and invitation in early 2010 for industry to design and build the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV). This revolutionary concept for a maritime vessel, currently being built by an industry team led by Leidos, constitutes the first step in developing a ship with autonomous behaviors capable of extended at-sea operations. In order to meet all of the DARPA requirements for ACTUV, the Leidos team had to formulate and implement a robust risk-reduction plan.

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Collaborative Supply-Base Risk Assessment–Uncovering Risk With Suppliers Enables Strategic Investments


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Authors: Jeff Sorenson, Kevin Krot, Jason Krajcovic, and Andrew Webb

“No other supplier can provide you the service that we do.”
“Next year’s workload is 50 percent of our minimum sustaining rate
and without more workload we will have to exit the business.”
“Because you’re not ordering enough, costs are going to more than double next year.”

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Military Throwaways? Why Acquirers Should Go Disposable


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Maj. Patrick Dugan, USAF, Maj. Jon D. McComb, USAF, Maj. Chad Steipp, USAF

The military tends to keep equipment for a long time. Unfortunately, extended product life cycles leave many operators with worn-out or obsolete gear. Aircraft, vehicles, ships, radars and radios are examples of the outdated equipment our Armed Forces use daily.

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For Hire: Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance–Small Firms Meet Growing Demand


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Author: France Hoang

Within seconds of recognizing something out of the ordinary on a real-time video feed from a nearby unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an expert analyst was able to identify a problem and rapidly redirect the UAV and sensors toward a sinking ferryboat in the water.

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Data Requirements Review Boards and Their Importance


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Author: David Adams

It’s a fact. Every day we are inundated with data coming at us from all directions—from work and family—via the electronic gadgets we carry with us and our stationary computers. Data overload can be a problem, but in contracting between government and industry, it should be and needs to be manageable.

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