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Improving Competition Reforming the Requirements Process


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By Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Typical acquisition reform efforts have been focused in the margins, achieving marginal results. The evidence of decades of acquisition reform indicates that the marginal reforms typically taken are not making the fundamental changes needed by the Department of Defense (DoD). Legislative changes made since 2009 and several years of Better Buying Power refinements have incrementally improved acquisition practice, but many would argue that more change is needed.

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Whipping Procrastination


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Roy Wood, Ph.D.

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I would have written this article earlier, except I was procrastinating. This happens to me a lot, which is surprising since many consider me to be fairly productive. I believe we are all subject to the why-do-today-what-you-can-put-off-until-tomorrow syndrome. I manage to get out of the doldrums most times with a few tricks I’ve developed over the years. Here are some of those … .

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“This Is Your Brain… .” – A Decision-Making Machine


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Authors: Roy Wood  and  Patrick Barker

Wood is Acting Vice President of the Defense Acquisition University. Barker is a Professor at the Defense Systems Management College.

The lump of gray matter you call your brain has vast computing power that performs a plethora of vital tasks. It regulates your bodily functions, movements and emotions. It processes and makes sense of incoming sights, sounds, smells and touch sensations. The brain can store years of memories and allow you to perform complex tasks such as analysis, reasoning, goal setting and planning.

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Briefing Executives


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Author: Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Wood is the Acting Vice President of the Defense Acquisition University and former Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. He is a retired naval officer and acquisition professional.

So, you are on the calendar to brief a general or flag officer or senior executive. You are understandably anxious—there’s a lot at stake. You need approval of your plan in order to move forward. You have to report some bad news. Or maybe it is just an information brief to someone with a reputation for asking hard questions.

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One More Time: Time Management for Those Who Don’t Have the Time


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Author: Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Wood is acting vice president of the Defense Acquisition University.

This is the third short article in a series on time management that I’ve written for Defense AT&L magazine. I think it is important for acquisition professionals to manage time wisely. If you haven’t figured it out yet, time is your most important resource—personally and professionally.

Anyway, I know you’re busy, so let’s dive in. …

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Time Management Tips For Those Who Don’t Have the Time


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Author: Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Hey, got a minute? If not, you should skim this article anyway for a few tips on how to manage some everyday tasks more effectively and gain back a few of those clock ticks. If you’re like me, three things that steal your time away are reading, e-mail and the cursed Smart Phone. Here are some ways I’ve tamed those time-eating beasts.

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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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