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  From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics:
Adventures in Defense Acquisition
Frank Kendall




Bridging the “Valley of Death”
Anthony Davis and Tom Ballenger

The U.S. Special Operations Command has developed a new methodology to facilitate technology transition that other acquisition organizations might consider using.


EVM System’s High Cost
—Fact or Fiction?

(First in a series of articles) Ivan Bembers, Ed Knox, Michelle Jones and Jeff Traczyk

It has been suggested that the government can do away with EVMS in favor of more efficient and affordable management techniques. Is there a basis for this?


A Practical PM Guide to Requests for Equitable Adjustment
Lt Col Scott Klempner, USAF

A Request for Equitable Adjustment resulted from a technical disagreement between the contractor and the government about how much in-scope testing was required to properly resolve a spacecraft test fault. The contractor persistently brought up the issue.


Getting the Capabilities Right
—The Next Generation of Air Force CBRN Protection

Alexander R. Slate and Maj Charles O’Connor, USAF

Bulky and thermally burdensome chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protective garments have become the norm, along with protective masks that greatly restrict vision and head mobility.


The Seven Lethal Acquisition Diseases
Brian Schultz

Poor team behaviors that should be avoided are one of the seven lethal acquisition diseases. High-performing teams provide potential remedies.


Requirements Management
—The Need to Overhaul JCIDS

Thomas H. Miller

Two pieces of the “big ‘A’ ” acquisition process—the requirements and the financial systems—have received less congressional attention than the Defense Acquisition System. Yet these processes have contributed to continuing poor acquisition results in various areas.


Take a Deep Dive With DAU
—The Kind We Offer Is Safe and Sure to Keep You Dry

Woody Spring and Rebecca Haydu-Jackson

As part of its Mission Assistance program, DAU has conducted deep dives for more than a decade. These in-depth analyses of our customers’ organizations facilitate understanding the inherent challenges (and the root causes thereof).


Redefining the “Can Do” Attitude
—The Language of a Critical Thinking Culture

Christopher Phillips, Ph.D., and Bobbie DeLeon, Ed.D.

Sticking with existing procedures, come what may, a reluctance to question authority, and buying into “group mentality” are all contributors to potential disasters. Critical thinking and risk management require taking a fresh look at habitual patterns and developing an openness to new approaches.


Auditing Organizational Security
Eugene A. Razzetti

Commands that cannot carry out their operations in a self-imposed and self-monitored secure environment may, at best, cease to be effective or, at worst, cease to exist. The same, certain fate befalls private enterprises that cannot maintain operational effectiveness, profitability or product superiority—except it happens faster.


OSD Logistics Fellowship—A View From Above
Bryan L. Jerkatis

The OSD Logistics Fellows Program is open to field grade officer (04-05) and DoD civilian equivalent (GS 13-14) logisticians. Fellows have the unique opportunity to participate in policy formulation and DoD-wide oversight responsibilities. Selection for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Program begins in January.



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