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What Does It Mean to Be “a Defense Acquisition Professional”?
Frank Kendall

From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

What Happened to DT&E?
Steve Hutchison, Ph.D.

A robust developmental test and evaluation effort will improve acquisition outcomes by finding and fixing problems in a timely manner.

Let’s Fix this Red Program!
Brian Schultz

Program managers assigned to fix a troubled, or Red, program can take heart: the job is doable.

Threat Support Improvement for DoD Acquisition Programs
Christopher Boggs, Maj. Jonathan Gilbert, USAF, Paul Reinhart, Maj. Dustin Thomas, USAF and Brian Vanyo

The mandated increase in System Threat Assessment Reports requires modification of the production methodology to improve efficiency and decisional value.

Cyber Acquisition Professionals Need Expertise (But They Don’t Necessarily Need to Be Experts)
Michael Cook

As information technology advances rapidly and poses greater implementation problems, the possession of more general expertise becomes increasingly valuable.

Just in Time: Expecting Failure: Do JIT Principles Run Counter to DoD’s Business Nature?
Col. Christopher J. Michelsen, USMC, Capt. Patrick O’Connor, USN and Lt. Col. Tarpon Wiseman, USA

Just in Time inventory management offers well-known advantages, but mitigating its risks for an “in extremis” profession like warfighting requires more attention.

What’s in Your Estimate at Completion?
Pat Barker and Roberta Tomasini

Program managers need a deep understanding of the Estimate at Completion in order to troubleshoot problems and answer questions from the stakeholders who use it.

Bombs and Books: Building a Better Air Force Military Acquirer
Maj. Mike DiMaria, USAF and Maj. Chad Steipp, USAF

Mandating operational exchanges, expanding educational opportunities, and requiring program management or professional engineer certification would improve the development of Air Force acquisition officers.

The Fate of Sgt. Smith: Restriction on Non-DoD Conference Travel
Col. Paul Barnes, USAFR

The restriction on non-DoD conference attendance hampers the translation of fundamental research into applied research that will benefit the Services.

IDEAA Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary
Duane “DT” Tripp

The International Defense Educational and Acquisition Arrangement will hold its annual seminar at DAU (Fort Belvoir campus) in April 2014.



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