Category Archives: July-August 2016

Defense AT&L July-August 2016 Contents


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atl-jul16-thumb-1Improving Acquisition From Within: Suggestions From Our PEOs

 

 

 

 

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A Primer on Risks, Issues and Opportunities

 

 

 

 

atl-jul16-thumb-3 Robust, Replicable and Defensible Risk Management: At Headquarters or the Front

 

 

 

 

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Supply Chain Risk Management: An Introduction to the Credible Threat

 

 

 

 

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Intellectual Innovation: A Paradigm Shift in Workforce Development

 

 

 

 

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Twenty Observations on Innovation

 

 

 

 
 
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What’s Your Acquisition EQ?

 

 

 

 

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Asking the Right Questions: Action Learning and PMT 401

 

 

 

 

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Turning Words Into Action: Confronting Acquisition Challenges

 

 

 

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Improving Competition: Reforming the Requirements Process

 

 

 

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Crash Course for IT Newbies: Some Have Automated Information Systems Thrust Upon Them

 

 

 

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Asia Pivot: The U.S.-India Defense Initiative: A New Standard for Improved Cooperation and Trade

 

 

 


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Improving Acquisition From Within Suggestions From Our PEOs


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By: Frank Kendall

kendall-200This year I asked all of our Program Executive Officers (PEOs) to provide short assessments and recommendations to me directly. The result, as it was for the Program Manager Assessments I’ve received for the last 2 years, has been a treasure trove of observations and recommendations covering a wide range of topics. I thought it would be useful and insightful for the entire workforce to see some of these professional, and very frank, comments. I’ve removed most inputs that were about specific programs and edited lightly to make some of the inputs less Service specific. Arranged alphabetically by topic, and presented without comment, here is a sampling of the topics on our senior line managers’ minds as they confront the many challenges we face.

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A Primer on Risks, Issues and Opportunities


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By: Thomas L. Conroy II, Ed.D.

Risks, issues and opportunities are programmatic hurdles for many acquisition personnel. For example, program offices deal with technical risks in the form of technologies that are not mature enough or are unable to provide the same capability in production that was achieved in development. They also deal with cost risks such as an insufficient budget or budgetary cost overruns and program efforts that take longer than scheduled due to requirements growth.

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Robust, Replicable and Defensible Risk Management At Headquarters or the Front


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By: Eugene A. Razzetti

Terms like risk analysis, risk assessment, and risk management often are used interchangeably and can include a variety of different concepts or strategies. Approaches can be simple or complex, although simpler is almost always better. Properly conducted risk management permits decision making based on realistic scenario assumptions and provides defensible justification, before limited resources are committed.

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Supply Chain Risk Management: An Introduction to the Credible Threat


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By: Heath Ferry and Van Poindexter

We live in a wonderful world of instant information, and everything is connected. All we have to do is pull out our phones, tablets, laptops or any other similar device and get the information we need virtually instantaneously.

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Intellectual Innovation A Paradigm Shift in Workforce Development


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By: Michael Cook

Every organization struggles with recruiting and retaining the quality personnel needed to meet the ever-evolving requirements of the mission. Today’s workforce complexity adds a unique challenge. As every manager and supervisor knows, the required work becomes more challenging over time, not less so.

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Observations on Innovation


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By: Jeff Windham

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter issued a challenge to the defense establishment to think “outside the five-sided box” and apply innovative solutions to today’s national security challenges. Innovation in the Department of Defense (DoD) isn’t easy. It’s harder to innovate in the government than in the private sector; that’s just the way it is. It’s not easy, but it can be done. For those leaders and innovators who work inside the DoD acquisition system, here are some observations:

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What’s Your Acquisition EQ?


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By: Owen Gadeken

At the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), we teach acquisition professionals the policies, processes and tools of the acquisition profession. We use a variety of learning strategies to enhance the “Intelligence Quotient (IQ)” of the acquisition workforce.

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Asking the Right Questions: Action Learning and PMT 401


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By: Bobbie DeLeon  and  Christopher Phillips

Six students form a rough circle seated in a seminar room at the Defense Acquisition University‘s Fort Belvoir, Virginia, campus. They lean forward, engaged in animated give-and-take.

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Turning Words Into Action: Confronting Acquisition Challenges


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Maj. Jamie J. Johnson, USAF, Ph.D.

The 2014 U.S. Air Force policy document A Call to the Future boldly stated that the military of today and the future faces a new threat, a new environment, and urged that our force be prepared to respond appropriately. Its message was and is a call to accept a coming change that we cannot control, be prepared to fight new evolving threats, and begin thinking differently about how to execute our mission.

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