Category Archives: July – August 2015

Reward Industry for Innovative Outcomes


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Authors: RADM Allie Coetzee, USN

Coetzee is Acting Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

The overarching theme of Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0 is achieving dominant capabilities through technical excellence and innovation. To help achieve these goals, the Department of Defense (DoD) is reexamining business arrangements, so we can: (1) attract and enable a broader array of industry participants; (2) employ techniques that will motivate industry to deliver tangible results that advance combat capabilities; and (3) recognize that deliberate speed is required to stay ahead and remain on the cutting edge.

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Sustainment and Logistics in Better Buying Power


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Author: David J. Berteau

Berteau is Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. He is responsible for ensuring logistics support to the United States Armed Forces.,/p>

From the first issuance of Better Buying Power (BBP) in 2010, its key sustainment initiative has focused on Performance-Based Logistics (PBL). With the updated guidance for BBP 3.0 issued April 9, it is worth expanding the view of these updated initiatives through the sustainment prism. This article finds that sustainment permeates the entire set of BBP initiatives and offers substantial contributions to its overall theme of “Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Excellence and Innovation.” Sustainment also underpins the earlier focus of BBP on affordability, on should cost, and on smarter ways to procure services and increasing the professionalism of the workforce. Let’s look at how sustainment does that.

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Market Research Faster, Smarter and Predictive


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Authors: Kenyata Wesley and Farhad Chowdhury

Wesley,deputy director for technology and innovation, is acting director of the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), where Chowdhury provides senior management support.

Through implementation of the “Increasing Small Business Participation, Including Through More Effective Use of Market Research” Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0 initiative, several actions were completed to support improving market research capability within the Department of Defense (DoD).

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One More Time: Time Management for Those Who Don’t Have the Time


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Author: Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Wood is acting vice president of the Defense Acquisition University.

This is the third short article in a series on time management that I’ve written for Defense AT&L magazine. I think it is important for acquisition professionals to manage time wisely. If you haven’t figured it out yet, time is your most important resource—personally and professionally.

Anyway, I know you’re busy, so let’s dive in. …

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