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Requirements Management


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By Thomas H. Miller

Acquisition reform continues to receive a great deal of attention from both the Senate and House Armed Service Committees. Reform initiatives to date tend to focus exclusively on the “little a” puzzle piece of the defense acquisition process—i.e., the Defense Acquisition System (DAS). Continue reading

Are You Experienced? The Case for Acquisition Professional Qualification Standards


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Author: Thomas H. Miller

Miller is the program manager for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles within the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Program Executive Office for Land Systems and is a former assistant program executive officer and Army contracting officer. He also was the USMC lead for Program Management Acquisition Qualification Standards (AQS), serving as the USMC representative on the Office of the Secretary of Defense AQS development Integrated Product Team.

Many professions require both rigorous training and months, if not years, of hands-on practice under the close supervision of experts prior to declaring the trainee proficient enough to perform the job on their own. Physicians are required to complete years of schooling and residency training, as well as pass rigorous board examinations. Airplane pilots require hours of supervised flight time before receiving a license to fly solo.

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Risky Business Why DoD Needs a New Risk Management Paradigm


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Author: Thomas H. Miller

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.2—“Operation of the Defense Acquisition System”—the DoD’s “Bible” for Program Management (PM), uses the word “risk” 67 times within its 80 pages but only has a minimal passing reference to “Risk Management” in the section related to service contracting, defining it as “An assessment of current and potential technical, cost, schedule, and performance risks and the plan for mitigating or retiring those risks.”

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