Most DoD acquisition professionals—in fact, most anyone who pays any attention to DoD acquisition at all—has heard of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. After all, it is currently DoD’s largest acquisition effort, and likely will continue to be for many years. But did you also know that JSF is also DoD’s largest international acquisition program with eight partner nations and three foreign military sales (FMS) customers, with even more allied/friendly nations purchasers anticipated?
Analyzing Indirect Cost Rates (Nov. 16, 2015)
At least half of contract costs come by way of indirect rates. Contracting officers preparing for negotiations should expect to spend sufficient time analyzing indirect rates. Indirect costs are admittedly more opaque than direct costs and can seem to be a bit of a mystery even to a seasoned contracting officer. The following list of actions may be of help as a start to drilling into a contractor’s proposed indirect rates.
Unlike the many acquisition courses offered at DAU regional campuses, RQM 310 is only offered at the Fort Belvoir, Defense Systems Management College. For FY16, there are eight (8) offerings—six of which are 30-student seat capacity, while two are 48 seats.
Most importantly, if you would like to attend the course, you must contact your Requirements Management Certification Training (RMCT) Component Appointed Representative (CAR). Each military service, Defense Agency, and Combatant Command has a CAR responsible for RQM 310 registration:
We are pleased to announce that three new organizations joined our AcqDemo ranks on Oct. 4, 2015. A hearty welcome was extended to Defense Test Resource Management Center (DTRMC), Washington Headquarters Service Acquisition Directorate (WHS AD), and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RD&A). These groups brought a combined total of 267 employees to AcqDemo. That brings the grand total of covered employees to over 16,500. Changing personnel systems is a collaborative effort that crosses agencies and disciplines. The AcqDemo Program Office teams with organization leaders, human resources professionals, and local transition teams to orchestrate the conversion process. Any hiccups with conversions are quickly overcome due to the collaborative process that begins a year or more prior to the conversion date. Herman Raybon Jr., director, Manpower and Administration from RD&A, thanked the program office for its support.
In September, Craig Arndt was elected vice president of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE). The society, like the American Medical Association and the Virginia State Bar Association, is dedicated to the professional development of its members, the integrity and ethics of professional conduct, and the safety of the public. In addition to general work supporting the engineering profession, the VSPE provides education and advocacy for good engineering practice to the Virginia legislature and support for STEM education in Virginia and nationwide. Arndt is the chairman of the Engineering and Technology Department at the Capital and Northeast Region and is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and Virginia. He has served on the board of the VSPE for the past two years.
Potential Professional Development Opportunities (Nov. 18, 2015)
Several professional development opportunities are coming up in April 2016 in which DoD Life Cycle Logisticians, Product Support Managers (PSMs), and industry counterparts might be interested:
- 2016 DoD Product Support Manager’s (PSM) Workshop at Ft Belvoir Virginia, April 5-7, 2016 (Tentative/Save the Date)
- 2016 DAU Acquisition Training Symposium at Ft Belvoir, Virginia, April 12, 2016 (Planned/Save the date)
- National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 32nd Annual National Logistics Forum in Washington D.C., April 18-20, 2016 (Registration now open).
Newly Issued November 2015 DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook (Nov. 20, 2015)
Wanted to share important news for DoD Product Support Managers (PSM), Life Cycle Logisticians, and indeed for all Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW) members and logistics personnel involved in product support and sustainment planning, strategy development, and execution.
An updated November 2015 version of the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook, originally issued by the assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness (ASD[L&MR]) in April 2011, is now available.
This updated November 2015 version contains a number of important changes. According to the ASD(L&MR), the reason for this latest update is “there have been a number of important changes impacting product support since the (original) 2011 release of the PSM Guidebook. Congress has increased the number and scope of PSM responsibilities. Updates to the Better Buying Power initiatives have emphasized critical thinking in the department’s methods for developing, producing, and supporting weapon systems.
Affordability, cost consciousness, and innovation permeate all areas of acquisition and sustainment. Heightened emphasis on the effective use of Performance Based Logistics (PBL) arrangements promises to improve sustainment performance and cost control. Revisions to procedures governing the Defense Acquisition System emphasize the criticality of life cycle management and formalize the purpose of the Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) as a key program management and decision support tool. This version of the PSM Guidebook has been updated to reflect these policy changes and the increased emphasis on support and controlling life cycle cost. Additionally, an appendix has been included on the PSM career path to lay the foundation for a more effective and professional Life Cycle Logistics workforce. Finally, this version continues to provide program managers and PSMs an easy reference for managing product support across the entire life cycle of the weapon system.”
This updated PSM Guidebook articulates the Product Support Business Model (PSBM) recommended in the November 2009 Weapon System Acquisition Reform Act: Product Support Assessment (WSAR-PSA). Moreover, in conjunction with the May 2014 DoD PBL Guidebook: A Guide to Developing Performance-Based Arrangements, this updated document provides guidance on how to develop and execute effective and affordable product support strategies.
It also supports USD(AT&L) “Better Buying Power 3.0” initiatives by addressing the themes of achieving affordable programs, achieving dominant capabilities while controlling life-cycle costs, incentivizing both productivity and innovation in industry and government, and promoting effective competition.
The PSM Guidebook was written for the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) and provides an easy reference addressing key requirements for managing product support across the entire life cycle of a weapon system. It serves as an operating guide to assist the PSM, the life cycle logistician, and indeed the defense acquisition workforce with the development and implementation of next-generation product support strategies.
Read more of Kobren’s Blog entries at https://dap.dau.mil/training/cl/blogs/default.aspx.
New Principal DoD Space Advisor (PDSA) Role
Addressed in Interview (Oct. 19, 2015)
In a recent interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuZHe47KEdQ, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke about her expanded role in space and many other space topics. On Oct. 5, 2015, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work re-designated the position of the Department of Defense executive agent for space (EA4S) to the principal DoD space advisor (PDSA). The Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, formerly the EA4S, will now assume the expanded responsibilities of the PDSA.
A new version of CLC 046 has opened for learner enrollment. The continuous learning module “DoD Sustainable Procurement Program” replaces “Green Procurement,” but retains the same number identifier. The updated version was driven by the issuance of President Obama’s Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” The EO establishes new and updated goals for agencies to improve their environmental performance by purchasing environmentally preferable products and services, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the energy efficiency of federal buildings. The term “sustainable” is being used in lieu of “green” to reflect increased emphasis beyond environmental considerations to cover the economic (including return on investment) and social implications of the purchases and activities of federal agencies.
Read more of Manning’s Blog entries at https://dap.dau.mil/training/cl/blogs/default.aspx.
Defense Acquisition University’s academic partner, University of Maryland University College now offers several courses that can be used to help complete DAWIA certification requirements. View more information on available courses at http://www.dau.mil/HomePage%20Documents/01TickerDocs/UMUC%20Acquisition%20%20Supply%20Chain%20Flyer_HRR8.pdf.
DAU partner, Institute for Defense & Business, announces the Indiana University–University of North Carolina MBA program designed for working professionals in logistics.