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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro

Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Tran-sitioning to the Future.” The first article, “Application of System and Integration Readiness Levels to Department of Defense Research and Development” by Sean Ross, demonstrates how to move beyond the Technology Readiness Level system of estimating technological maturity, which was developed by NASA in the 1980s. He shows how the modern paradigm is to combine Technology, Integration, and Manufacturing Readiness Levels into a single metric—System Readiness Level—which can be used as a more robust indicator of the maturity of the technology transfer process.

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Remarks from the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro

arj73-ferreiroThe theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Excellence and Innovation,” which is the theme for the 2015 DAU Training Symposium presented by the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association (DAUAA). The DAUAA sponsors the annual Hirsch Research Paper competition, and the winners of the award for 2015 are: First Place “The Value of Training: Analysis of DAU’s Requirements Management Training Results,” by Charles M. Court, Gregory B. Prothero, and Roy L. Wood; and Second Place “Increase Return on Investment of Software Development Life Cycle by Managing the Risk—A Case Study,” by William F. Kramer, Mehmet Sahinoglu, and David Ang. We congratulate both teams of winners, who were selected from a competitive field of entrants.

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor

Dr. Larrie Ferreiro, Executive Editor, Defense ARJ

Chairman Larrie Ferreiro

The theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “…All Others Must Bring Data.” It derives from the famous quote by American management consultant W. Edwards Deming, “In God we trust; all others must bring data,” displayed outside the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall. Accurate and meaningful data are the basis for making informed acquisition policy decisions; as British scientist William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) said over a century ago, “When you can measure what you are speaking about … you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.”*

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe theme for this edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “The Art of Managing Choices,” as the articles contained herein provide tools, techniques, and even food for thought when it comes to decision making.

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Chairman Larrie FerreiroThis issue is devoted to the Annual Hirsch Research Paper Competition, sponsored by our partner organization, the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association (DAUAA) at http://www.dauaa.org. For 2014, the competition was titled, “It’s a New World Out There: The Next 10 Years!”

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “Challenging Conventional Wisdom,” for as the articles in this issue demonstrate, many of the most respected truisms in defense acquisition are not nearly so clear-cut as previously believed.

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”1
— Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957

Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe ever-quotable Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to a group of industry executives who could be mobilized for war at a moment’s notice, was echoing an old adage about warfare: “No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.”2 Eisenhower’s message, like the man himself, was straightforward: “The reason it is so important to plan [is] to keep yourselves steeped in the character of the problem that you may one day be called upon to solve—or to help to solve.” He was reminding them that warfare is inherently fluid, and that the only way to adjust to quickly changing circumstances is to have planned for such contingencies in advance.

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From the Deputy Executive Editor


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Dr Mary RedmanThe articles included in this month’s issue suggest a time-honored maxim that is consistent with the philosophy and guidelines espoused by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall (2013) in a recent memorandum. The maxim is Caveat Emptor—Let the buyer beware! One reasonably might ask: How does that maxim relate to Mr. Kendall’s memorandum, or to the articles in this issue?

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From the Deputy Executive Editor


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The opening words of one of Thomas Paine’s essays captured the spirit that guided the founders of a fledgling nation as they resolved challenges they faced in 1776.

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love of man and woman. (Paine, 1776, p. 1)

Ironically, these words hold true for contemporary acquisition professionals. To garner the best possible return on public treasure invested, acquisition professionals must continually strive to deliver cost-effective systems and services that meet users’ needs. The challenges inherent in achieving that outcome become more difficult whenever defense budgets contract, as they do on a cyclical basis. The word ‘crisis’ seems appropriate when shrinking budgets are squeezed further with the uncertainties of continuing resolution and sequestration.

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Chairman Larrie FerreiroIt is my pleasure to note several changes to the masthead of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal. First, on May 25, 2012, the Senate confirmed Frank Kendall and Katrina McFarland as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, respectively. McFarland leaves behind a distinguished tenure as President of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), a position now filled on an acting basis by Dr. James McMichael.

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