Our new ACQ 380 International Acquisition Management course emphasizes the importance of critical thinking in tackling complex International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) challenges. We developed an IA&E Applied Critical Thinking (CT) Video Series for this course that we recently made available to the government and industry IA&E community in the “Featured Multimedia” section of the International Acquisition Management Community of Practice (ICOP) website.
This Video Series is intended to serve a broad spectrum of IA&E users including:
• Students taking ACQ 380 and other DAU International Acquisition courses.
• All Defense Acquisition Workforce members.
• DoD and US Government personnel and support contractors, as well as other organizations – including U.S. and foreign industry -- who work with the defense acquisition community in the IA&E area.
Each part of the Video Series focuses on the various aspects of Applied CT in the context of DoD IA&E activities:
• Part I provides an overview and describes the Video Series’ learning objectives
• Part II explores how people think since, after all, CT is just one approach people use to evaluate their environment and make decisions that affect their lives
• Part III focuses on ways to develop a CT mindset that can be used to analyze challenging situations or problems and develop solutions regardless of the subject area
• Part IV provides some suggestions on deciding when and how to employ CT in the workplace to address and resolve IA and E challenges
• Part V focuses on potential “Decision Traps” that you might encounter in the workplace, and the tradeoffs involved in using Applied CT in day-to-day IA&E efforts
International Acquisition Channel authenticated users will also be able to access Applied CT Reading List materials discussed in the videos, as well as wide variety of other DAU video products, via the Media.DAU.Mil website. The Reading List material includes several articles and presentations on various aspects of critical thinking obtained from DAU and the internet.
DoD employees and other Common Access Card (CAC) holders may become authenticated users by clicking on the “Sign In” box on the upper right side of the Media.DAU.Mil website, and following the instructions provided.
This Applied CT Video Series is approximately 35 minutes long, with individual videos running between five and nine minutes. Its “modular construction” is designed to allow for quick and easy viewing, recognizing the time constraints the defense acquisition workforce and supporting industry face in their daily work. Parts I through III are “generic” in nature, covering Applied CT concepts and decision frameworks applicable to any defense acquisition challenge, while Parts IV and V focus on IA&E Applied CT considerations.
We hope you find them informative and useful. Until next time … Prof K