Tag Archives: November 2013

Defense AT&L: November – December 2013


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Our Relationship with Industry


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

Frank KendallAs we enter what promises to be a difficult time for both defense acquisition professionals and the industrial base that we rely upon, I thought it might be useful to share a few thoughts on our relationship with industry. I want to provide some basic guidance for working with our industry partners at any time, but especially when those firms we depend on are experiencing a declining market, as they are now.

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Scheduling and SVTs: Rx for Efficiency


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Authors: Lynnetta Babuchiwski, Matthew Wilkinson, Kelli Coon, Mike Kotzian, and Duane Mallicoat

Even though Benjamin Franklin first voiced this well-known adage in the 1700s, the message remains relevant in today’s time of increased program scrutiny. For acquisition programs, the relevancy is clear as a program’s “health” is assessed continually across four interdependent factors: cost, schedule, performance and risk. In the context of Franklin’s adage, a program office measures “time” through the schedule factor.

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Naval Aviation Costs Targeting Operations and Support


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Authors: Capt. Robert Farmer, Capt. Keith Nixon, Capt. Brian Jacobs, Cmdr. Craig Owen, Aubrey Dennis, Michael Berkin, Roy Lancaster, Tim Simpson, and Duane Mallicoat

When assessing the strength of today’s Department of Defense (DoD) weapon systems, affordability is just as important as performance. Acquisition leadership is not focused only on determining whether a weapon system is affordable in the development and production phases but, more important, in sustainment, where 70 percent of programs’ life-cycle costs are borne. History has shown that operations and support (O&S) costs are more likely to exceed projections than to come in under their budgeted level. Controlling and reducing weapon system sustainment has proven difficult and is quickly becoming one of Naval Aviation’s top priorities.

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Alternatives for Success One Program’s Unconventional Structure


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Author: Maj. Christopher P. Hill

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, continues to champion the initiatives of the original Better Buying Power (BBP) and now BBP 2.0. This latest version incorporates new ideas and best practices from the original.

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Where Sustainment Meets Deployed Forces Do You Really Know Who’s Going to Maintain Your Aircraft and Where It’s Going to be Maintained?


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Authors: Cmdr. Mark Nieto, Ann Wood, Mike Kotzian, and Duane Mallicoat

Did you know that an 18-year-old is fixing a $55 million aircraft on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier at night, with rolling seas and salt spray shooting across the flight deck? Did you know that a 20-year-old is on deployment in Afghanistan maintaining an aircraft that just landed in a sandstorm? And, finally, did you know that a South Korean aerospace company is performing scheduled depot maintenance on U.S. Marine Corps helicopters?

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Cybersecurity: Defending the New Battlefield


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Author: Steven J. Hutchison, Ph.D.

Cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges for our military today. Cyberspace is a new warfighting domain, joining the traditional air, land, sea and space domains—and cybersecurity considerations apply to almost all major defense acquisition programs.

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Digital Pentagon


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Author: Pete Modigliani

The time has come for the Pentagon to retire its Industrial Age management model and invent a radically new approach for the Digital Age. The Department of Defense (DoD) faces an increasingly complex operational environment at a time of decreasing defense budgets. The DoD would yield better results if it harnessed its strategic initiatives to enabling innovation instead of strict cost-cutting measures. The enterprise that more than 40 years ago helped invent the Internet for research and development collaboration must leverage the Web as a platform to network its acquisition workforce.

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Section 3685, Title 39, U.S.C. Showing Ownership, Management, and Circulation


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Defense AT&L is published bimonthly at the Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va. 22060-5565. The university publishes six issues annually. The director of the DAU Press is Randy Weekes; the managing editor of Defense AT&L is Benjamin Tyree; and the publisher is the Defense Acquisition University Press. All are colocated at the following address: Defense Acquisition University, Attn: DAU Press, 9820 Belvoir Rd., Suite 3, Fort Belvoir, Va 22060-5565.

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