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Medical Research, Development and Acquisition in Support of the Warfighter Conference

The Medical Research, Development and Acquisition in Support of the Warfighter Conference will be held April 19-20, 2016, at the Turf Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Ellicott City, Maryland. The theme for the 2016 conference will be “Military Medicine in a Complex Environment.” The Medical Research, Development and Acquisition in Support of the Warfighter Conference is co-hosted by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). This event is the second in a series of events. The first event took place in March 2015 and focused on USAMRMC missions, goals, and objectives. This second event expands to include the medical research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) missions across the Department of Defense (DoD), and will include perspectives from Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Defense Health Agency. This event is an opportunity for science and industry representatives to learn more about the DoD RDT&E missions, programs and gap areas, and to better understand the complexities of military medicine in the complex environment within which the military operates. The DoD medical community provides world-class medical knowledge, countermeasures, and technologies to protect and sustain our service men and women throughout their military careers. There will also be opportunities for representatives of industry and academia to meet with DoD officials to discuss their pertinent advances in medical research through advanced development, as well as an exhibit hall for current products. We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity to learn more about military medicine and to help us build a comprehensive and collaborative network. For more information, contact Tiffany Wilson at twilson@ndia.org or 703-247-9467. Register online at http://www.ndia.org/meetings/6310/Pages/default.aspx.

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Defense ARJ 73 | April 2015


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The Value of Training: Analysis of DAU’s Requirements Management Training Results


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Authors: Charles M. Court, Gregory B. Prothero, and Roy L. Wood

In response to Congress, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) designed and fielded a course of study for Requirements Management, including a 1-week advanced classroom course. While teaching this course, the DAU faculty routinely conducts pre-testing and post-testing to assist the faculty and students in assessing learning and retention. The faculty uses data from these tests, along with student demographics, to assess the value of learning the course provides and to explore some initial assumptions about the readiness of the workforce to learn. Results show a greater than 30 percent increase in learning from pre- to post-test and debunk nearly all the preconceived notions the university held about the incoming students.

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Increase Return on Investment of Software Development Life Cycle by Managing the Risk—A Case Study


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Authors: William F. Kramer, Mehmet Sahinoglu, and David Ang

This research article aims to identify and introduce cost-saving measures for increasing the return on investment during the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) through selected quantitative analyses employing both the Monte Carlo Simulation and Discrete Event Simulation approaches. Through the use of modeling and simulation, the authors develop quantitative analysis for discovering financial cost and impact when meeting future demands of an organization’s SDLC management process associated with error rates. Though this sounds like an easy and open practice, it is uncommon for most competitors to provide empirical data outlining their error rates associated with each of the SDLC phases nor do they normally disclose the impact of such error rates on the overall development effort. The approach presented in this article is more plausible and scientific than the conventional wait-and-see, whatever-fate-may-bring approach with its accompanying unpleasant surprises, often resulting in wasted resources and time.

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Manage Toward Success—Utilization of Analytics in Acquisition Decision Making


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Authors: Sean Tzeng and K. C. Chang

Large information technology (IT) projects such as Defense Business System (DBS) acquisitions have been experiencing an alarming rate of large cost overruns, long schedule delays, and under-delivery of specified capabilities. There are strict defense acquisition laws/regulations/policies/guidance with an abundance of review and oversights, generating a plethora of data and evidence for project progress. However, with the size and complexity of these large IT projects and sheer amount of project data they produce, there are challenges in collectively discerning these data and making successful decisions based on them. This research article develops an analytic model with Bayesian networks to orient the vast number of acquisition data and evidence to support decision making, known as the DBS Acquisition Probability of Success (DAPS) model.

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Does Your Culture Encourage Innovation?


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Authors: CDR Craig Whittinghill, USN, David Berkowitz, and Phillip A. Farrington

For many years military leaders have been calling for the U.S. Armed Forces to be more agile, adaptive, and innovative in order to defeat future and emerging threats. To assist the military in this endeavor, the University of Alabama in Huntsville explored Department of Defense (DoD) culture at the organizational level.  Having the proper organizational culture can improve performance by empowering members to interact better with their environment, to communicate and act rapidly, and, perhaps most importantly, to innovate. If organizational culture does not encourage innovation, however, organizations can improve innovativeness through culture manipulation. By implementing identified actions that influence cultural attributes, culture can be modified, and subsequently organizations can improve innovativeness, enabling them to meet new and complex challenges.

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DoD Comprehensive Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Smart Device Ground Control Station Threat Model


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Authors: Katrina Mansfield, Timothy Eveleigh, Thomas H. Holzer, and Shahryar Sarkani

In an effort to reduce costs and time to deploy mission capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the Department of Defense (DoD) has transitioned smart devices into the battlefield as portable, handheld UAV ground control stations (GCS) without adequate cybersecurity protection. While a number of threat model approaches have been published, they are outdated and fail to evaluate a complete system. This article develops a holistic threat model that analyzes the cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the communication network, smart device hardware, software applications, as well as the insider threat. Additionally, this article provides a risk-based threat profile of a DoD pilot UAV smart device GCS system. This model will fill the gaps in current threat model approaches, to provide the DoD with a tool to properly assess the threat environment of a UAV smart device GCS, and build layers of security into the system throughout the system development life cycle.

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Book Review: Engineering the F-4 Phantom II: Parts Into Systems


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Publisher: Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press

Copyright Date: 1996

Hard/Softcover/Digital: Hardcover, 258 pages, http://www.amazon.com/Engineering-F-4-Phantom-II-Systems/dp/1557500894

Reviewed by: Lee Vinsel, Program on Science and Technology Studies, Stevens Institute
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Defense AT&L: March – April 2015


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Getting “Best Value” for the Warfighter and the Taxpayer


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

We use the phrase “best value” fairly often, usually to describe the type of source-selection process or evaluation criteria we will use in a competitive acquisition. Under the Better Buying Power initiatives, we have emphasized using a more monetized and less subjective definition of best value. As a way to spur innovation, we also have emphasized communicating the “value function” to the offerors so they can bid more intelligently.

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