Tag Archives: August 2014

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Defense AT&L: July – August 2014


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Better Buying Power A Progress Assessment from the Defense Acquisition Executive


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Frank Kendall, The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

We are now four years since Dr. Carter and I began work on the first iteration of Better Buying Power, the label Dr. Carter gave to the original set of policies we promulgated as part of then Secretary Gates’ efficiency initiatives in 2010. In the intervening years, I’ve released the second iteration, or BBP 2.0 as it’s called, and I’ve also recently made some statements in public that BBP 3.0 may be on the horizon. Has all this made a difference? I believe it has, although I’m also certain that we have ample room for additional gains in productivity and other improved outcomes. Despite some comments I’ve made about BBP 3.0, the commitment to the enduring practices and policies from both the original BBP and BBP 2.0 remains. The whole concept of Better Buying Power is of a commitment to continuous incremental improvement; improvement based on experience, pragmatism and analysis of the evidence (i.e., the data). Four years on, as we to begin to consider the next steps we may decide to take, it’s a reasonable time to take a look at what we have done so far.

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Prototyping Increasing the Pace of Innovation


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Author: Capt. Richard Hencke, USN

Prototyping has long been recognized as an effective tool for reducing technical risk throughout the development of complex weapons systems. A growing number of leaders in government and industry advocate that it can do so much more. Supporting their claims are recent studies suggesting prototyping can increase the pace and reduce the cost of developing complex systems, enable organizational cultural change, aid acquisition reform, advance the technical skills of the industrial base, and even deter rival nation-states from pursuing paths that threaten our national interests.

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Soaring With AC-130J A Decidedly Nontraditional Acquisition Strategy


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Author: David Breede

Five years ago, the Special Operations War­fighter identified an urgent need for more armed aircraft than was available with the current fleet of aging gunships. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) responded, and a new and innovative way of producing gunships was initiated.

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Creative Problem Solving in a Fast-Paced, Guidance-Rich Environment


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Author: Maj. Tim Monroe, USAF

As an Air Force Fellow, I have been privileged to spend a year working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Before DARPA, I spent 12 years as an officer and pilot of fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. It has been an eye-opening experience to join a team of professionals whose charter is to serve our nation by developing state-of-the-art technology to prevent strategic surprise and enable future capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD). Though I will leave DARPA with countless tales of the dedicated people who work tirelessly to bring innovative concepts to life, I will also take with me a deeper appreciation for the creative problem-solving processes that cultivate the revolutionary ideas, technologies and programs that are the agency’s lifeblood.

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The Zen of Government Program Management (aka Lessons Learned from a Defense Program Manager)


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Author: Stephen E. Armstrong

In 1986, I started keeping a list of profound lessons I had learned as an operational test director, defense contractor, government project engineer, and government program manager (PM) for mostly non-major acquisition programs (i.e., ACAT [Acquisition Category] III, IV) and a couple of ACAT I programs. I would jot them down on a special page in my “paper brain” as they occurred to me, sometimes in the heat of the moment, but usually during quiet periods of retrospection. In defense acquisition, we get a lot of education and training in managing research and development, much of which is the best in the world. But most of it is nuts and bolts, driven by the numerous laws and regulations that govern federal programs and contracts. The lessons below aren’t necessarily driven by anything more than common sense, experience and, as W. Edwards Deming put it, “Profound Knowledge” of the system.

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U.S.-Coalition Forces and Host Nations DOTmLPF-P for Contingency Procurements Part II (Conclusion)


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Author: Darren W. Rhyne

My previous article in the May–June 2014 issue of Defense AT&L introduced the application of the DOTmLPF-P construct for implementing a host-nation (HN)-first contingency procurement strategy. That article covered Policy, Doctrine, Organization and Training. This concluding article focuses on the remaining areas of materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities. The recommendations herein are by no means exhaustive but are intended to provide some major areas to consider when executing a HN-first procurement policy such as we attempted to carry out in Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Are You Truly “All In”? Achieving Program Management Success


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Author: John Mueller

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you passionate about the successes of your program and your team? Does “risk” not only describe threats but areas for opportunities? Do you work your budget to ensure that you get the maximum output from every dollar? Do you have the “right stuff” to be counted among the future entrepreneurial program managers (PMs) within the Department of Defense (DoD)?

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Application of the Integrated Product Support Elements by the F-35 Joint Program Office


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Authors: David Floyd and Monica Reyes

The Life Cycle Logistics community went through a major transition in April 2011 with the creation of the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) elements, outlined in the Department of Defense’s Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook. This article aims to promote understanding of the IPS elements and to provide an update on their implementation across the Services by describing their innovative application in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Before examining this implementation, however, let us consider the elements themselves.

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Your GPS for DoD Product Support The DoD Integrated Product Support Implementation Roadmap


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Author: Mary Ryan

What if someone asked you to develop a major tool to help demystify Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition for product support? Suppose they also wanted it from a multiple military Service perspective that linked to integrated information on product support. Then let’s say you also had to make it (whatever “it” might be) available online 24/7 for the Defense Acquisition Workforce (government and industry, about 500,000 strong). How would you do this? Where do you start? Whom do you call? Is this even possible?

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