Tag Archives: July 2013

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Defense AT&L: July – August 2013


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What Lies Ahead


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

I usually write about acquisition policy and best practices, but given our current circumstances I felt I should provide you with some thoughts on the highly unusual and unfortunate budget situation we face.

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Crisis Leadership


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Author: Roy Wood, Ph.D.

In my various tours in ships and submarines during my Navy career, I learned a few things about leading in crisis situations. Following great leaders, I’ve fought fires and flooding, got under way to avoid dragging anchor onto the shoals, and participated in emergency breakaways from alongside refueling oilers. Any of these events could have turned into life-or-death crises that were averted by good training and preparation, and by solid leadership.

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Risky Business Why DoD Needs a New Risk Management Paradigm


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Author: Thomas H. Miller

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.2—“Operation of the Defense Acquisition System”—the DoD’s “Bible” for Program Management (PM), uses the word “risk” 67 times within its 80 pages but only has a minimal passing reference to “Risk Management” in the section related to service contracting, defining it as “An assessment of current and potential technical, cost, schedule, and performance risks and the plan for mitigating or retiring those risks.”

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OSD’s Obligation and Expenditure Rate Goals An Examination of the Factors Contributing to the Interference


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Authors: Robert L. Tremaine and Donna J. Seligman

Several months ago, Dr. Nancy Spruill, director of Acquisition Resources and Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD (AT&L)), solicited support from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to help uncover the causal factors that could be interfering with attainment of the Obligation and Expenditure rate goals of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

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Are You Ready for an International Program?


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Author: Brian Schultz

In today’s dynamic acquisition environment, one could argue that every acquisition program is an international program. Our systems typically deploy overseas, our supply chain relies on parts from around the globe, our technology and security plans must consider international involvement, and our people work and operate within international organizations and coalitions.

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A Reliability Approach to Risk Assessment and Analysis of Alternatives (Based on a Ground-Vehicle Example)


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Author: Shawn P. Brady

Based on historical data, a large percentage of U.S. military systems struggle to achieve their reliability requirements, resulting in significant penalties, such as decreased system availability, increased life-cycle costs, and schedule delays. These impacts are all applicable to studies of Risk Assessment and Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)—which assess technical, schedule, and cost risks. In order to effectively analyze the reliability risks for programs of interest in a Risk Assessment or AoA, a new approach has been developed.

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Rolling Toward Better Buying Power 2.0 and Portfolio Management with the Joint Center for Ground Vehicles


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Author: Daniel Pierson

When it comes to acquisition, it’s safe to say affordability is foremost on the minds of defense policymakers and decision makers today. Achieving greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending is the focus of the acquisition community now and far into the future. This will require acquisition stakeholders and decision makers to come together at the enterprise level to maximize shrinking resources as well as leverage knowledge to make more informed decisions to produce better results for the warfighter.

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Performance-Based Logistics Only Part of the Answer to Controlling Costs While Improving DoD Performance


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Authors: Steven Hurt and Alan Heckler

In order to make real measurable changes in Operations and Support (O&S) costs, more is needed than point solutions such as Performance-Based Logistics (PBLs). The Department of Defense (DoD) must take a step back to structurally address how it designs support concepts for all weapon systems by looking to Principle Driven Sustainment Models and Portfolio Management concepts from the commercial world to realize true step-change improvement and meet today’s budget realities.

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Acquisition Reform How Training Can Help


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Author: Ronald G. Joseph, DBA

With an ever-growing national debt and more than $17 trillion in unfunded liabilities, the Department of Defense is, yet again, focused on acquisition reform as a way to achieve new efficiencies and savings. Acquisition reform efforts certainly are not new. A recent study revealed that more than 260 pertinent studies, commissions, and papers have been written over the last 20 years, including the highly regarded Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment (DAPA) of 2005.

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