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Kotzian is a professor of program management in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). He has a doctorate in management from the University of Maryland University College. Paul is the associate dean for Outreach and Mission Assistance at the DAU’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Stewart is the Major Defense Acquisition Programs Director at the Defense Systems Management College.
Based on recent Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition guidance, programs now have the opportunity to approach acquisition program management in ways previously viewed as nontraditional. Unfortunately, many programs are hesitant to veer too far from accepted routines, thereby not taking advantage of opportunities to explore new acquisition approaches. In one partnership between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and U.S. Navy, however, such opportunities have been fully embraced and may provide future programs with touchstones on how to increase program cost-effectiveness and efficiency as well as program success.