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STEM Education and Outreach Strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


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Author: Tyrone Theriot

The Better Buying Power 3.0 initiatives identified by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall in April 2015 outlined numerous items, with the common major focus of Department of Defense (DoD) support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach.

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Our Theme for 2016—Sustaining Momentum


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Author: Frank Kendall

It’s hardly a secret that we are headed toward a change in administration next year. I’ve been through these transitions several times, as have most acquisition professionals. During my previous experience in the Pentagon organization of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, I worked for a total of eight Under Secretaries in as many years, and I went through one same-party and one other-party administration change.

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Should Cost: A Strategy for Managing Military Systems’ Money


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Author: Jennifer A. Miller

Constituents gawk at the costs that intermediaries sometimes report that the Department of Defense (DoD) spent on goods and services. “A toilet, hammer, toner, etc., shouldn’t cost that much,” we exclaim. Where and when did we begin to focus on should cost? Great question!

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Better Buying Power Principles – What Are They?


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

kendall-200Inevitably, whenever any senior leader embarks on a set of initiatives intended to improve an organization’s performance and labels that set of initiatives, he or she can expect one reaction for certain. That reaction is what I would describe as genuflecting in the direction of the title of the initiative by various stakeholders who are trying to show the leader that they are aligned with his or her intent.

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AF Acquisition: Investing Now to Win the High-end Fight of the Future

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (April 20, 2015)

WASHINGTON—How does Dr. William LaPlante, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, apply his 29 years of defense technology experience to improve a $32 billion research, development, and acquisition portfolio? That is the question he sought to answer.

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Better Buying Power’ Key to Maintaining Army Tech Edge

ARMY NEWS SERVICE (APRIL 10, 2015)

David Vergun

WASHINGTON—If the Army is to maintain its technological edge over potential adversaries, it must improve the way it conducts business with industry partners, said one of the Service’s top acquisition experts.

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