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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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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro

Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe theme for this edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal is “The Method Matters.” The lead article is “Survey of Modular Military Vehicles: Benefits and Burdens,” by Jean M. Dasch and David J. Gorsich, which goes a long way to defining the often-misunderstood word “modularity” and provides a balanced look at the benefits and drawbacks of this acquisition methodology. Acquisition methodology is also at the heart of a classic article from the Summer 1995 issue of the Acquisition Review Quarterly, entitled “Technology Approach: DoD Versus Boeing (A Comparative Study),” by A. Lee Battershell. The author examines how the market-driven approach to development—where cost and schedule dominate decision making—contrasts with the military’s performance-driven approach and how each one can affect development time.

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From the Chairman and Executive Editor

Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro

Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe theme for this edition of Defense Acquisition Research Journal, “The Challenge of Defense Acquisition: Getting it Right, Right from the Start,” is addressed by a particularly strong lineup of articles. The lead article is “Establishing the Technical Foundation: Materiel Solution Analysis Is More Than Selecting an Alternative,” by Aileen G. Sedmak, Zachary S. Taylor, and William A. Riski. The authors describe the research conducted under the Department of Defense Development Planning Working Group, which establishes the systems engineering and technical planning activities needed prior to Milestone A in order to develop realistic cost, schedule, and performance estimates.  The second article, W. Allen Huckabee’s “Requirements Engineering in an Agile Software Development Environment,” explains how the agile environment used to create defense business systems today is not properly served by function-based requirements development.  Instead, the author finds that user-story and acceptance methods are better adapted to establishing and updating system requirements.

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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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ARJ 72 | January 2015


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The Effects of System Prototype Demonstrations on Weapon Systems Development


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From the Chairman and Executive Editor


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Dr. Larrie Ferreiro

Chairman Larrie FerreiroThe year 1979 was marked by the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the Shah and held 52 American diplomats hostage, and the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The Sony Walkman was introduced to a transfixed public, but at a price equal to almost a week’s wages. The entire federal budget was roughly $500 billion, a number now equated with just the Department of Defense portion of the budget.

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ARJ 71 | October 2014


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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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ARJ Issue 70 | July 2014


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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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