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Congratulations to the 2017 DoD Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Award Winners!https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=1205Congratulations to the 2017 DoD Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Award Winners!2018-02-16T12:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/DAU Images/DAU_Pentagon_20170103.jpg, https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/DAU Images/DAU_Pentagon_20170103.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/DAU Images/DAU_Pentagon_20170103.jpg<div class="ExternalClassF2283BC56D194C73829D6E5B88F3BD65"><p>In a February 8, 2018 memo entitled “<a href="/cop/pbl/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/USD%20AS%20Memo%20re%202017%20SecDef%20PBL%20Award%20Winners%20Feb%208%202018.pdf?Web=1">2017 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Awards Selections</a>”, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) announced the winners of the thirteenth annual Secretary of Defense PBL Awards: </p> <p> </p> <p>• <b>Gerald R. Beck System Level Award</b>: COBRA DANE System Sustainment Team, U.S. Air Force Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado</p> <p> </p> <p>• <b>Subsystem Level Award</b>: AMC/MSC Computers Performance Based Logistics Team, U.S. Navy Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</p> <p> </p> <p>• <b>Component Level Award</b>: Navy Tire Performance Based Logistics Team, U.S. Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</p> <p> </p> <p>The announcement memo goes on to state that “the Secretary of Defense PBL Awards recognize Government/industry teams who demonstrated innovative sustainment solutions. The winning teams provided Warfighters with exceptional support through sustainment transformation using creative approaches that yield improved lethality….Please extend my sincere congratulations on behalf of the Secretary of Defense to this year’s winners. The 2017 PBL Award winners will be recognized at the <a href="/training/career-development/logistics/blog/DoD-2018-Product-Support-Manager-(PSM)-Workshop">2018 Product Support Manager Workshop (scheduled for March 20-22, 2018 at Joint Base Andrews MD)</a> and will be presented the award at their commands.”</p> <p> </p> <p>This year’s <a href="/cop/pbl/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/cop/pbl/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/USD%20AS%20Memo%20re%202017%20SecDef%20PBL%20Award%20Winners%20Feb%208%202018.pdf&action=default">announcement memorandum</a> contains a summary of each of the winning programs’ outstanding accomplishments. Detailed information on past and present winners of this prestigious Secretary of Defense-level award dating back to its inception in 2005 are available on the <a href="/cop/pbl/Pages/Topics/Award%20Winning%20PBL%20Programs.aspx">"Award Winning PBL Programs" site</a> on the DAU <a href="/cop/pbl">Performance Based Logistics Community of Practice (PBL CoP).</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Well done to all of the nominated program teams, with special kudos and congratulations to each of this year's three Secretary of Defense PBL Award winners in particular. Well done!</p></div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Congratulations-to-the-2017-DoD-Performance-Based-Logistics-(PBL)-Award-Winners!-
Leading Practices to Train, Mentor, Retain and Select Acquisition Professionalshttps://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=1204Leading Practices to Train, Mentor, Retain and Select Acquisition Professionals2018-02-15T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/DAU_Logistics V-22 landing_20170213.jpg, https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/DAU_Logistics V-22 landing_20170213.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/DAU_Logistics V-22 landing_20170213.jpg<div class="ExternalClassCEDEC6C4F0684D3F8E7214E9F251F937">The Government Accountability Office yesterday released a new report entitled <a href="https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/690094.pdf">GAO-18-217 “Defense Acquisition Workforce: Opportunities Exist to Improve Practices for Developing Program Managers</a>”.<br> <br> This report is well-worth reading. Although the focus is on program managers rather than life cycle logisticians and product support managers (PSM), many of the takeaways have more broadly-based applicability across the defense acquisition workforce.<br> <br> According to the report, “GAO previously found that selecting skilled program managers is a key factor to achieving successful program outcomes. DOD relies on military and civilian program managers to deliver its most expensive new weapon systems, meaning its approach to training, mentoring, retaining, and selecting program managers is critical. House….This report addresses how leading organizations train, mentor, retain, and ultimately select program managers; and the extent to which military service practices align with those leading practices.”<br> <br> The GAO goes on to say “leading organizations use 10 key practices to train, mentor, retain, and ultimately select skilled program managers. GAO found that military service practices for developing program managers align extensively with four of the leading practices, as shown in the table below.<br> <br> <strong>Leading Practices That All Military Services Align with Extensively</strong> <ul> <li>Training classes that allow program managers to share experiences (Train)</li> <li>On-the-job learning and information repositories (Train)</li> <li>Recognition (Retain)</li> <li>Assignment based on skills, experiences, and program needs (Select)</li> </ul> <br> At least one military service’s practices do not align extensively with five of the leading practices, as shown in the table below.<br> <br> <strong>Leading Practices That Not All Military Services Align with Extensively</strong> <ul> <li>Rotational assignments (Train)</li> <li>Mentoring programs with senior leader involvement (Mentor)</li> <li>Career paths that describe skills needed to advance (Mentor)</li> <li>Education subsidies (Retain)</li> <li>Identification of high-potential talent by senior leaders (Select)</li> </ul> <br> For the remaining leading practice, none of the military services’ practices align extensively, as shown in the table below.<br> <br> <strong>Leading Practice That No Military Service Aligns with Extensively</strong> <ul> <li>Financial rewards for good performance” (Retain)</li> </ul> <br> Regarding the final leading practice cited, the GAO specifically indicated that “none of the military services’ practices align extensively with leading practices for providing financial rewards for good performance…Commercial companies have more flexibility than DOD to financially reward good performance. They are not subject to the legal restrictions on compensation that federal agencies must consider, and can offer types of compensation, such as stock options, that federal agencies cannot. Despite this, DOD has mechanisms to financially reward high-performing people. However, these incentives are either unavailable to all program management personnel because of the various pay systems used by DOD, or are underutilized by the military services.….”<br> <br> GAO made eight recommendations, “including that the military services improve practices that do not align extensively with leading practices and make greater use of existing financial rewards for good performance. DOD concurred with the recommendations, which include: <ol> <li>The Secretary of the Air Force should take steps to address areas of civilian and military program manager retention and selection that do not align extensively with leading practices. This could include using approaches already used by the other military services or commercial companies.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Air Force should make greater use of existing financial mechanisms such as DAWDF to recognize high performers.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Air Force should identify lessons learned by the Army related to the Army’s experience to extend coverage of AcqDemo across the civilian program management workforce.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Army should take steps to address areas of civilian and military program manager training, mentoring, and retention that do not align extensively with leading practices. This could include using approaches already used by the other military services or commercial companies.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Army should make greater use of existing financial mechanisms such as DAWDF to recognize high performers.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Navy should take steps to address areas of civilian and military program manager training, mentoring, retention, and selection that do not align extensively with leading practices. This could include using approaches already used by the other military services or commercial companies.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Navy should make greater use of existing financial mechanisms such as DAWDF to recognize high performers.</li> <li>The Secretary of the Navy should identify lessons learned by the Army related to the Army’s experience to extend coverage of AcqDemo across the civilian program management workforce.”</li> </ol> <br> For additional insights into incentivizing and rewarding desired outcomes from a logistics and sustainment perspective, might also want to take a look at our ACQuipedia article entitled “<a href="/acquipedia/Pages/ArticleDetails.aspx?aid=f4329f25-e7d1-4c6f-8d93-876c293529c5">Incentives - Motivating Achievement of Desired Product Support Outcomes</a>”.</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Leading-Practices-to-Train,-Mentor,-Retain-and-Select-Acquisition-Professionals
Professional Development Opportunityhttps://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=1206Professional Development Opportunity2018-02-14T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/Special Interest Areas/DAU_Cybersecurity USN_20170104.jpg, https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/Special Interest Areas/DAU_Cybersecurity USN_20170104.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/Special Interest Areas/DAU_Cybersecurity USN_20170104.jpg<div class="ExternalClass9EF45E5AFAFC445E9A7C77BD0DC401C0">The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) will be hosting a <a href="http://www.ndia.org/CET18">Cyber-Enabled Emerging Technologies Symposium</a> March 6-8, 2018 in Tysons/McLean VA. With a theme of “Applications, Capabilities, and Challenges”, the event will focus on “machine learning and training, artificial intelligence, disruptive technologies, data analytics and more form the new approach to national security and military operations… with an emphasis on military effects enabled by emerging technologies:<br> <ul> <li>Virtual Training Systems: Explore emerging technologies and innovative learning approaches to train tomorrow’s warfighter using virtual and constructive training systems.</li> <li>Artificial Intelligence: Speech recognition, biometrics, human intelligence simulation – AI steadily pervades the military with the potential to win battles and save lives.</li> <li>Disruptive Technology: Military priorities can shift hard and fast when a new technology comes along. Find out what experts are watching and what they think will benefit the warfighter.</li> <li>Data Analytics: Sift through the technologies and techniques to make better business decisions, both in the office and on the battlefield.</li> <li>Plus: Discussions on small-business opportunities, augmented reality, human systems, decision support systems, and more.”</li> </ul> <br> According to NDIA, there is <a href="http://www.ndia.org/events/2018/3/6/cet/registration">no registration fee</a> for active duty military and government civilian employees.</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Professional-Development-Opportunity
Congratulations to 2017 DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) of the Year Award Winners!https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=1203Congratulations to 2017 DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) of the Year Award Winners!2018-02-13T17:00:00Zhttps://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/Career Fields/DAU_Logistics Defense ATL Hand May June 2015_20170209.jpg, https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/Career Fields/DAU_Logistics Defense ATL Hand May June 2015_20170209.jpg https://wwwad.dauext.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/PublishingImages/Career Fields/DAU_Logistics Defense ATL Hand May June 2015_20170209.jpg<div class="ExternalClassF2D1BE7396E146408BDBEF25BECBFADB">In a February 8, 2018 memorandum entitled “<a href="/cop/log/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/USD%20(A+S)%20Memo%202017%20PSM%20Award%20Winners%20(Feb%2018).pdf?Web=1">2017 Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Award Selections</a>” the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment announced the winners of the fifth annual <a href="/cop/log/Pages/Topics/Product%20Support%20Manager%20PSM.aspx#Awards">Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award</a>. Congratulations to both the Air Force winner at the Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) Acquisition Category (ACAT) I level and also to the US Marine Corps winner in the ACAT II and below level!<br> <br> According to the memo, “this award recognizes PSMs as key leaders in providing the very best product support for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. The award furthers the Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW) vision of "creating a high quality, high-performing, agile DAW to achieve technological superiority and protect America's national security." Please extend my sincere congratulations on behalf of the Secretary of Defense to this year's winners. Attached is a summary of the awardees' outstanding accomplishments. The award winners will be recognized at the <a href="/training/career-development/logistics/blog/DoD-2018-Product-Support-Manager-(PSM)-Workshop">2018 Office of the Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Workshop</a>, followed by formal presentation of the award at their commands.”<br> <br> We have posted a copy of the memorandum, along with information on previous award winners, on the DAU Logistics Community of Practice (LOG CoP) <a href="https://shortcut.dau.mil/CoP/psm">Product Support Manger (PSM) website</a>.</div>string;#/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Congratulations-to-the-Winners-of-the-2017-DoD-Product-Support-Manager-(PSM)-of-the-Year-Awards!