Tag Archives: October 2014

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Defense AT&L: September – October 2014


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Ethics and Acquisition Professionalism: It Is All About Trust


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

One of my predecessors as Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and my former boss, John Bette, once commented to me, “The most valuable thing any one of us has is our credibility; once credibility is gone, it can never be recovered.” Credibility, or our capacity to have other people trust what we say, is essential to any successful acquisition professional.

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Boosting Access to Government Rocket Science


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Author: John F. Rice

Retirement of the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs has created significant ripple effects in Department of Defense (DoD) missile and rocket acquisition. Notably, the decline in propulsion system skills and capabilities has led to a decrease in technology advances. This is exemplified by DoD’s reliance on Russia for Atlas V rocket engines to launch military payloads. Enter the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and its Mission Assistance for the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems (NIRPS). DAU’s South Region led a study for NIRPS, a joint DoD-NASA virtual organization, to assess issues relating to the propulsion industrial base. The results include an innovative framework for developing flexible, yet binding, agreements that promote commercial access to government resources.

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International Arms Sales An Industry Perspective


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Author: Lawrence E. Casper

I have spent a number of years selling sophisticated defense items to countries around the world, representing both a large U.S. defense contractor and the U.S. government. It was fascinating work and brought me in direct contact with some of the brightest and most influential people in many countries.

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Critical Thinking: A Missing Ingredient in DoD’s Acquisition (Education) System


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Authors: Sean M. Frisbee and Scott Reynolds

In his review of the industrial buildup for World War II, renowned historian I. B. Holley eloquently highlighted the importance of acquisition to our country’s overall defense posture. The role of advanced technology and weapon systems to successful World War II outcomes is widely recognized. From a fiscal perspective, acquisition professionals historically spend over half of Department of Defense (DoD) annual expenditures. In FY2013, that dollar amount topped $400 billion.

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What the Acquisition Workforce Knows


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Author: Stephen V. Reeves

As a newly minted Defense Acquisition University graduate and board-selected product manager (PM), I was assigned a program that had, as we euphemistically like to say, some challenges. After a few months, it was clear, to me anyway, that the technology we were pursuing had either reached its limits or would take many more years to mature to a useful state. Before spending more time and money, it seemed prudent to form a team of in-house and outside experts to conduct an evaluation of the technology we were pursuing and if found deficient, an analysis of alternatives.

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Acquisition Challenges of a Lethal Virus


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Author: Col. Russell E. Coleman, USA

It’s 1995. “The Hot Zone” tops best-seller lists, and millions of people the world over are fixated on the threat of incurable “hot” hemorrhagic fever viruses like Ebola. Gruesome depictions of melting skin and oozing blood fill television and movie screens everywhere—but it’s not science fiction.

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Tiny Nanoparticles—A Big Battlefield Impact?


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Author: Donald Kennedy

Tiny metallic nanoparticles have the potential to change the landscape of defense technology, from obscuring warfighters from view to providing transparent displays in aircraft and vehicles. A nanoparticle is defined as a particle with one or more dimensions measuring 1 billionth of a meter (1 nanometer [nm]). Typical nanoparticles range from 1 to 1,000 nm. A typical human hair is about 90,000 nm thick. Therefore, an item of 1 nanometer would be invisible to the naked eye.

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Army Acquisition Lessons Learned


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Author: Jill Iracki

The Center for Army Acquisition Lessons Learned (CAALL) was established within the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) to collect, analyze and disseminate acquisition lessons learned. The center serves as the authoritative source for timely, real-world acquisition lessons learned to enhance the performance of the Army’s project offices in support of the warfighter.

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Cybersecurity Challenges for Program Managers


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Authors: Steve Mills and Rob Goldsmith

Cybersecurity threats to Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs are both challenging and complex. Program managers (PMs) have the daunting responsibility to minimize cybersecurity vulnerabilities in their systems against current and future cybersecurity threats.

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