Defense Acquisition University (DAU)’s Acquisition Learning Model consists of three mutually supportive areas: Functional, Workflow, and Performance Learning.
Functional Learning is what most people think about when DAU comes to mind; structured online and resident required career field/path and elective courses, continuous learning modules, and policy updates. In addition, DAU also provides Performance Learning support to the workforce through various forms of organizational mission assistance, targeted training for intact acquisition teams engaged in specific efforts such as milestone reviews and source selections, and applied acquisition research activities across the acquisition life-cycle.
In between Functional and Performance Learning is something DAU calls “Workflow Learning,” which provides the workforce with access to a wide variety of online acquisition resources via Defense Acquisition Portal (DAP), Acquisition Community Connection (ACC), ACQuipedia, Ask a Professor (AAP), and other websites that will be gradually consolidated into a single DAU .mil website beginning in 2017.
The International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) community’s contribution to DAU’s Workflow Learning initiative our recent deployment of a new set of IA&E Job Support Tools (JSTs) on found on DAU’s International Community of Practice (ICOP) webpage.
These JSTs -- which were developed as an integral part of our new ACQ 380 International Acquisition Management Functional Learning course – are available for workforce use:
- IA&E Assessment
- Acquisition Strategy – International Considerations
- International Cooperative Programs (ICPs)
- Foreign Military Sales (FMS) – Acquisition Best Practices
- International Business Plan (IBP)
- Defense Exportability Integration (DEI)
Each one of these JSTs focuses on a specific aspect of the IA&E domain beginning in the early acquisition phases (IA&E Assessment and Acquisition Strategy – International Considerations) as well as other key international acquisition activities in research, development, test & evaluation, production, operations and support (where one or more of the other four JSTs may apply).
These JSTs are designed for use at the “deckplate” level by the DoD acquisition workforce members at the GS-11 through GS-14 (and MILPERS-equivalent) level, support contractors, and industry responsible for planning and implementing IA&E tasks.
We believe these JSTs will help acquisition workforce members in their day-to-day IA&E-related work, but the ‘proof of the pudding’ is how useful you find them. We know from our ICOP webpage metrics reports that there have been over 400 downloads of our initial JST versions so far. We recently posted an IA&E JST Feedback Survey on our webpage to encourage JST users to provide suggestions that will help us improve these Workflow Learning products in the future.
When the need arises, please consider using these new JSTs to help plan and implement complex IA&E efforts and – if you do – take a few minutes to provide feedback so we can continue to improve them.
Until Next Time, Prof. Frank Kenlon