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ARJ 77 | April 2016


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The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending


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Remarks from the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro

The theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Strengthening Cost Consciousness, Professionalism, and Technical Excellence,” which is the iron triangle of a robust defense acquisition system. It is also the theme of this year’s annual research paper competition sponsored by our partner organization, the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association.

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The High Flying Leadership Qualities: What Matters the Most?


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Col Robert L. Tremaine, USAF (Ret.)

Like many U.S. companies, the Department of Defense (DoD) invests in leadership development. The DoD recognizes equal benefits and has instituted various programs to enable it. However, not every DoD organization invests in leadership development the same way. The ones that do think more deeply about their future have thoughtful and effective leadership development programs that combine training, practice, and cultivation—all intended to professionally nurture future leaders. DoD organizations that have more defined hierarchical leadership structures such as mid-level managers (MLMs), senior-level managers (SLMs), senior-level leaders (SLLs), or equivalent offer a gateway to learn more about what leadership qualities matter to them. At the Defense Acquisition University, 37 MLMs, and 32 SLMs provided valuable insights in their survey responses. No SLLs participated in this study.


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Metrics-Based Risk Assessment and Management of Digital Forensics


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Authors: Mehmet Sahinoglu, MSgt Stephen Stockton, USAF (Ret.), Capt Robert M. Barclay, USAF (Ret.), and Scott Morton

Driven by the ubiquity of computers in modern life and the subsequent rise of cybercriminality and cyberterrorism in the government and defense industry, digital forensics is an increasingly salient component of the defense acquisition process. Though primarily located in the law enforcement community, digital forensics is increasingly practiced within the corporate world for legal and regulatory requirements. Digital forensics risk involves the assessment, acquisition, and examination of digital evidence in a manner that meets legal standards of proof and admissibility. The authors adopt a model of digital forensics risk assessment that quantifies an investigator’s experience with eight crucial aspects of the digital forensics process. This research adds the concept of quantifying through a designed risk meter algorithm to calculate digital forensics risk indices. Numerical and/or cognitive data were painstakingly collected to supply input parameters to calculate the quantitative risk index for the digital forensics process. Much needed risk management procedures and metrics are also appended.


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Catalysts of Military Innovation: A Case Study of Defense Biometrics


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COL Glenn Voelz, USA

Military innovation is a central component of U.S. strategic advantage; however, the precise conditions that enable such innovation remain a matter of debate. The recent introduction of biometrics onto the battlefield offers a useful case study for examining catalysts of military innovation and specific factors that enabled the Department of Defense to rapidly field new technologies in response to urgent operational requirements. This article considers how doctrinal design and warfighting strategies became important catalysts, and how challenges associated with rapid fielding, interoperability, and training limited U.S. forces from realizing the full potential of these new technologies. This case study proposes that military innovation can occur only by using an integrated approach that encompasses the interdependent elements of technology, acquisition, doctrinal design, and warfighting strategies. It offers general conclusions on conditions that create fertile environments for military innovation and identifies lessons learned for future efforts at introducing new technologies into the field.


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#eVALUate: Monetizing Service Acquisition Trade-offs Using the Quality-Infused Price© Methodology


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Capt Daniel J. Finkenstadt, USAF, and Lt Col Timothy G. Hawkins, USAF (Ret.)

The federal government persistently fails to make service contracts a managed outcome. Consequently, the three objectives of public procurement (transparency, value for money, and meeting requirements) are jeopardized. This research identifies the culprits as methodologies that are incompatible with the characteristics of services. These methodologies involve best-value source selection and contractor performance-information collection and evaluation. A new method of best-value proposal evaluation is offered that enables the buying agency to validly measure service quality, then to trade off levels of service quality with price, resulting in a Quality-Infused Price (QIP)©. The concept is tested on a task order competition using a case study methodology. Findings suggest that service quality can be monetized and that the application of a QIP© methodology can result in a superior sourcing decision. Additionally, fewer and higher quality proposals will be received. Based on the findings, conclusions are drawn and suggestions for future research are offered.


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The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending


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arj-77-book-reviewAuthor: Rebecca U. Thorpe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Copyright Date: 2014

Hard/Softcover/Digital: Available in all three media, 245 pages

ISBN: 9780226124070 (Softcover)

ISBN: 9780226123912 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9780226124100 (e-Book) Available online at http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A/bo17607479.html

Reviewed by: Professor Trevor Taylor, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

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