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From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics—Program Manager Assessments: Professionalism Personified
Frank Kendall

The Challenge of Technological Superiority
Alan Shaffer

The Defense Department’s technological superiority is at greater risk than ever when threats proliferate and greater capability is needed to engage and operate in many areas.

Removing Bureaucracy
Katharina McFarland

The acquisition process should not be so bureaucratically burdensome that people are willing to reduce capability to avoid it. Tailoring can reduce unnecessary reviews and documentation.

Modernizing Our Industrial Base—The National Security Challenge of Our Time
Andre Gudger

The United States still enjoys the strongest and most advanced military, but its competitive edge has narrowed and in some areas has been surpassed. Better Buying Power 3.0 initiatives seek to reverse this trend.

Owning the Technical Baseline— a Key Enabler: Agility as the Counterweight to Uncertainty and Change
William A. LaPlante, Ph.D.

For weapons systems to accommodate unavoidable but often unexpected changes, systems must be designed for constant modification and quick adaptability.

Improving Tradecraft of Services Acquisition
Alan Estevez and Ken Brennan

The Department of Defense recently has spent more money on contracted services than on weapons systems. But buying contract services lacks the structured governance and oversight of weapons acquisitions.

Getting the Requirements Right
Sean J. Stackley, USN

The Navy must understand the technical details of its weapons and platforms long before, and after, industry is contracted to produce them. That technical ownership is partly what couples the Navy requirements community closely to the Navy acquisition community, and vice versa.

Tasked and Ready—The Army’s Commitment to the Better Buying Power Program
Heidi Shyu

Better Buying Power 3.0 offers a vital, focused emphasis on achieving dominance over broad responsibilities through innovation and technical excellence. As technologies continue evolving rapidly, the Army must quickly insert and adapt cutting-edge capabilities.

Reward Industry for Innovative Outcomes
RADM Allie Coetzee, USN

The Department of Defense is reexamining business arrangements to promote broader industry participation, motivate delivery of advances in combat capabilities, and recognize the need for deliberate speed to stay ahead.

Sustainment and Logistics in Better Buying Power
David J. Berteau

The latest guidance emphasizes not just increasing Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) but also ensuring its effective use. Specific actions include developing common ways to measure PBL effectiveness and using those measures to track results and reporting the results quarterly.

Market Research—Faster, Smarter and Predictive
Kenyata Wesley and Farhad Chowdhury

Better Buying Power 3.0 seeks to broaden use of effective market research, develop the tools all stakeholders need, and ultimately establish more efficient processes to reinforce Department of Defense market research and improve correlation with industry capabilities.

One More Time—Time Management for Those Who Don’t Have the Time
Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Do you use a to-do list as part of your routine? If not, you are missing out on a simple but highly valuable tool. Start one. It doesn't have to be elaborate—in fact, simpler is better.



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