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Defense AT&L: January – February 2013


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Moving Forward


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

Frank Kendall

I wanted to take this opportunity, with the general election now behind us, to give Defense AT&L magazine readers a sense of what we can expect during the next few years. First of all, we can expect to be challenged. Budgets are shrinking and threats to our national security are not. The department has articulated a sound strategy, and, unless there are major budget reductions to come and we are forced to make revisions, we will be charged with supporting that strategy through effective acquisition of products and services across the full spectrum of Defense Department needs. We must do everything we can to execute effectively—to extract full value from the money with which we are entrusted. Over the next several years, I will do everything I can to help you perform that challenging duty.

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The Challenges of Being Agile in DoD


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Author: William Broadus

In today’s acquisition environment, it no longer is unusual for your program to award a product or service development contract in which the vendor intends to utilize “Agile Methods” for its software development efforts. In fact, the official push for Agile within the Department of Defense (DoD) came from Congress in Section 804 of the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act: Implementation of New Acquisition Process for Information Technology Systems.

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The Army Executes New Network Modernization Strategy


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Authors: Lt. Col. Carlos Wiley, USA,Scott Newman, and Vivek Agnish

Starting in October 2012, the Army began to equip brigade combat teams that will deploy in 2013 with Capability Set 13. This is the Army’s first package of radios, satellite systems, software applications, smartphone-like devices, and other network components that provide integrated connectivity from the static tactical operations center to the commander on the move to the dismounted soldier.

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Panetta Announces 2012 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition, Better Buying Power Efficiency Award Winners


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This year’s David Packard awards for Excellence in Acquisition and a new Better Buying Power Efficiency award were presented Nov. 2 at the Pentagon by The Honorable Leon Panetta, secretary of defense, joined by The Honorable Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

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Teamed for Success: The Imperative for Aligning Systems Engineering and Life Cycle Logistics


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Author: Bill Kobren

Supporting systems across their life cycles is an often expensive proposition. Early design decisions have major ramifications on future operating and support costs. Hence, the Department’s Better Buying Power (BBP) initiatives highlight what we all know well: Targeting affordability and controlling cost growth across the life cycle is absolutely crucial. Tight alignment of the requirements, acquisition, and sustainment communities across the life cycle is essential.

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Public-Private Partnerships: The Key to Retaining Government and Industry Capabilities


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Authors: Dave Floyd and Tom Gorman

The current DoD budget uncertainty highlights the necessity of leveraging the best capabilities of the public and private industrial base across government and industry to optimize weapon system product support at best value cost. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a key component of DoD product support strategies assuring synergistic application of these critical capabilities to achieve affordable operational readiness for the warfighter.

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Going The Distance Leveraging the Benefits of Competition Throughout the Life of a Program


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Authors: Mike Janiga, Su Chang, and Lt. Col. Rodney Stevens, USAF

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), often referred to as the “Warfighter’s Weapon of Choice,” is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into accurately guided, near-precision “smart” weapons. Today the JDAM acquisition is considered highly successful, but in its early years the program ran into trouble. The per-unit cost of each JDAM kit was projected to be as high as $68,000—a 70 percent increase over the $40,000 per-unit cost originally budgeted for the program.

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