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Purchasing Performance: A Public Versus Private Sector Comparison Of Commodity Buying

Purchasing Performance: A Public Versus Private Sector Comparison Of Commodity Buying – spending efficiency of Department of Defense MaJ Joseph Besselman Hard evidence is needed to provide an accurate gauge of DoD spending efficiency. This study compares DoD and commercial spending on specific items, shows that DoD spends significantly less than its commercial counterparts on […]

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An Investment-Based Approach For Managing Software-Intensive Systems

An Investment-Based Approach For Managing Software-Intensive Systems Margaret E. Myers Maintaining information superiority will be vital to the 21st-century warfighter, and the military’s documented shortcomings in acquiring leading-edge information technology systems must be addressed in order to meet this need. The investment-based approach to the acquisition of software-intensive systems discussed here considers recent management reform […]

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Assessing Industrial Capabilities For Carbon Fiber Production

Assessing Industrial Capabilities For Carbon Fiber Production Frank T. Traceski Analysis and evaluation of requirements and industrial capabilities are an important part of the defense system acquisition process. From providing milestone decision support on industrial and production issues to understanding and managing program risk, assessment of industrial capabilities provides for informed and realistic decision making […]

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Systems Engineering And The Joint Strike Fighter: The Flagship Program For Acquisition Reform

Systems Engineering And The Joint Strike Fighter: The Flagship Program For Acquisition Reform – U.S. defense policy Robert G. Struth The Joint Strike Fighter program, which aims to provide a new aircraft that will satisfy needs of the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, the United Kingdom, and other non-U.S. services, is a challenging […]

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Risk community building inside the program management community of practice – Pm Cop

Risk community building inside the program management community of practice – Pm Cop – A Note From the Guest Editors Lt Col John Driessnack This edition of the ARQ looks at acquisition from a risk management perspective. Risk management has been recognized as a critical process in weapons systems acquisition since the 1960’s. Dr. John […]

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The Relationship Between Leader-Member Exchange And Commitment And Organizational Citizenship Behavior

The Relationship Between Leader-Member Exchange And Commitment And Organizational Citizenship Behavior Yolanda B. Truckenbrodt The leader-member exchange theory of leadership, which focuses on the two-way relationship between supervisors and subordinates, aims to maximize organization success by establishing positive interactions between the two. Results of the study detailed here suggests that a significant relationship exists between […]

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Technical Performance Measures And Distributed-Simulation Training Systems

Technical Performance Measures And Distributed-Simulation Training Systems Dr. Michael Proctor Simulation systems are being increasingly used as a cheaper alternative to field training, and as the Services put such systems into place, acquisition managers must add new methods to the traditional technical performance measures to assess the effectiveness of these training systems. Today each Service […]

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A Quantitative Example Of Acquisition Reform Working For The Air Force’s Launch Programs System Program Office

Reengineering The Acquisition Process: A Quantitative Example Of Acquisition Reform Working For The Air Force’s Launch Programs System Program Office Bob Graham The objective of the Air Force’s Launch Programs System Program Office (SPO) was to develop and improve the acquisition process. Realizing that the cycle time for contract proposals was an area that needed […]

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An interoperability road map for C4ISR legacy systems

An interoperability road map for C4ISR legacy systems – Opinion John A. Hamilton, Jr. Modern military operations require interoperability. The Department of Defense (DoD) has made tremendous interoperability gains over the last few years. Unfortunately, without a way to assess the status of interoperability throughout the department, it is difficult to quantify this progress. Although […]

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The transformation of contract incentive structures

The transformation of contract incentive structures – Tutorial Robert Graham The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System’s Acquisition and Operations contract for the next generation of weather satellites uses innovative incentive structures to motivate contractor performance. The incentive approach combines an award fee and mission success fee arrangement to include a cost mitigation approach, putting […]