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Survey of Small Business Barriers to Department of Defense Contracts

Ronnie Schilling, Thomas A. Mazzuchi, and Shahram Sarkani
The authors analyze a survey given to 681 small businesses about their perception of barriers preventing them from pursuing Department of Defense contracts.  


APA Citation:
Schilling, R., Mazzuchi, T. A., & Sarkani, S. (2017, January). Survey of small business barriers to Department of Defense contracts. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 24(1), 2–29. http://dx.doi.org/10.22594/dau.16-752.24.01




Using Heuristics for Supportability Analysis of Adaptive Weapon Systems in Combat

Samuel H. Amber
The combat environment constrains supportability data collection on deployed weapon systems, especially when a weapon system baseline is modified in combat to defeat an adaptive enemy threat. The author makes the case that supportability analysis is feasible using a decision matrix and heuristics—an important field data source for the U.S. Army.



APA Citation:
Amber, S. H. (2017, January). Using heuristics for supportability analysis of adaptive weapon systems in combat. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 24(1), 30–41. http://dx.doi.org/10.22594/dau.16-743.24.01



The Threat Detection System That Cried Wolf: Reconciling Developers with Operators

Shelley M. Cazares
Threat detection systems that perform well in testing can “cry wolf” during operation, generating many false alarms. The author posits that program managers can still use these systems as part of a tiered system that, overall, exhibits better performance than each individual system alone.


APA Citation:
Cazares, S. M. (2017, January). The threat detection system that cried wolf: Reconciling developers with operators. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 24(1), 42–64. http://dx.doi.org/10.22594/dau.16-749.24.01



Increasing Army Supply Chain Performance Using an Integrated End-to-End Metrics System

Fan T. Tseng, Laird Burns, James T. Simpson, and David Berkowitz
The authors provide insights into a research project to develop an end-to-end performance metrics system framework for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. The performance metrics system framework enables reporting of top-level strategic metrics with full drill-down capability, as illustrated by the development of the Customer Wait Time metric that was adopted by Joint Supply Chain Architecture.

APA Citation:
Tseng, F. T., Burns, L., Simpson, J. T., & Berkowitz, D. (2017, January). Increasing Army supply chain performance using an integrated end-to-end metrics system. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 24(1), 66–100. http://dx.doi.org/10.22594/dau.16-749.24.01



Scandal and Tragedy? Or Acquisition Lessons Relearned by the F-35 Program

Col Roger Witek, USAF (Ret.)
The author examines how the challenges of acquisition strategies involving requirements, technology, commonality, concurrency, and partnering have affected schedule, cost, and performance of the F-35 program.

APA Citation:
Witek, R. (2017, January). Scandal and tragedy? Or acquisition lessons Relearned by the F-35 program. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 24(1), 102–160. http://dx.doi.org/10.22594/dau.16-749.24.01




Federally Mandated Furloughs: The Effect on Organizational Commitment and Organizational Citizenship Behavior

Robert L. Shepherd
This study sought to determine whether furloughs have a significant statistical effect on the organizational commitment (OC) and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) of federal government workers. By identifying the negative effects of furloughs on the OC and OCB of federal government workers, supervisors can develop ways to lessen these effects and avoid the associated effects of potentially lower morale, lower productivity, and higher turnover rates.

APA Citation:
Shepherd, R. L. (2017, January). Federally mandated furloughs: The effect on organizational commitment and organizational citizenship behavior. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 24(1), 162–189. http://dx.doi.org/10.22594/dau.16-749.24.01

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