Tag Archives: October 2012

Defense AT&L: September – October 2012


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Defense AT&L Magazine Author Submission Tips

Defense AT&L magazine receives many inquiries about how to compose an article that will have the best chance of being accepted for publication and need the least amount of editing. In addition to a careful read of the “Writers’ Guidelines in Brief” (elsewhere in these pages), here are a few additional suggestions:

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In Person: Assistant Secretary of Defense (L&MR) Alan F. Estevez


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Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness Alan Estevez spoke before a class of acquisition professionals at National Defense University. They presented a number of questions that he agreed to discuss again with the readers of
Defense AT&L.

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Mission Command Battle Lab Science and Technology Seminar with the Command and General Staff College: Improving Army Systems Development through Early, Experienced User Involvement


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Authors: Jeffrey D. From and Brett R. Burland

The U.S. Army has long implored acquisition personnel to involve users early and often in the process. An annual event held by two Army organizations has been successful in bringing technology developers and the potential users together to exchange ideas.

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The Fallacy of Quantifying Risk


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Author: David E. Frick, Ph.D.

Nearly every article you see in industry and within the DoD literature on the topic of “risk management” demonstrates, advocates, or aggrandizes the attempt to quantify risk. One might think that if risk management was truly a science and uncertainty could be systematically quantified in some manner, then the maturity of the profession of project or program management, as measured by the number of projects or programs that meet cost, schedule, and performance goals, would increase over time. Alas, the profession is not able to make this claim.

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How to Form an IPT


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Author: David Hofstadter

The Department of Defense began using integrated product teams (IPTs) in weapons development in the 1980s. Their use proliferated after the secretary of Defense directed their use under the integrated product and process development (IPPD) concept in 1995. Over the years, the term IPT has been applied to a variety of groups, councils, tiger teams, and boards. Although these groups all have important functions, the IPT is a specific and powerful tool that begs definition. Properly chartered, an IPT is a protection against obstacles to success I’ve observed in acquisition program offices: parochialism, functional bias and poor communication, to name a few. These obstacles existed in spite of the fact that the people involved were dedicated, experienced, and patriotic.

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An Immodest Proposal Making a Profit on Defense Programs


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Author: John Krieger

Faced with declining budgets and the spectre of sequestration under the Budget Control Act, the Department of Defense must do much more than it has ever done in the past to get more bang for the buck. This is usually translated to mean greater quantities for the same funding.

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Design of Experiments for Information Technology Systems What Program Managers Should Know About the Plan and Design Phases


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Authors: Rachel T. Silvestrini, Ph.D., Maj. William J. Parker III, and Ginger Sammito

Recent mandates require that rigorous statistical and mathematical approaches be applied to all tests that fall under developmental and operational test and evaluation (T&E). On October 19, 2010, J. Michael Gilmore, director of Operational Test and Evaluation, released a memorandum to the T&E community within the DoD that describes an initiative designed to increase the use of scientific and statistical methods to develop rigorous methods for test and data analysis. Dr. Gilmore’s memo specifies the need for using rigorous statistical based testing methods in order to ensure that proper and sufficient data is collected to answer the question of interest. In addition, Edward R. Greer, the director of Developmental Test and Evaluation, has championed the skillsets of design of experiments (DoE), statistics, and test design principles in the rejuvenation and development of the T&E workforce as one of his top initiatives to the practice of T&E.

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Cost Warrior Moneyball


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Author: Denise A. Little

We’ve outlined my program’s command [cost] requirements consistently and in detail over the past 3 years. I don’t want to waste time on a semantics debate over what I call my requirements.
—Program manager during a weapon system review

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