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Expanding the trade space: an analysis of requirements tradeoffs affecting system design

Expanding the trade space: an analysis of requirements tradeoffs affecting system design – Tutorial Mark W. Brantley The Department of Defense Simulation-Based Acquisition (SBA) initiative focuses on identifying opportunities to improve materiel procurement by using information technologies to increase military utility, decrease life cycle costs, and decrease the time to develop and field the system. […]

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Auctions in defense acquisition: theory and experimental evidence

Auctions in defense acquisition: theory and experimental evidence – Research Bruce G. Linster ********** This article explores the implications of the theory and experimental evidence for auctions in the defense acquisition process. We begin with a brief review of the simplest auctions and proceed to recent theoretical/experimental results. The theoretical and experimental results discussed can […]

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Investigating the integration of acquired firms in high-technology industries: implications for industrial policy

Investigating the integration of acquired firms in high-technology industries: implications for industrial policy – Opinion David R. King Acquisition activity persists despite evidence that acquisitions do not improve firm performance. Further, government policy toward the defense industry has advocated consolidation in the name of nominal cost savings. We explore the role acquisitions play toward technology […]

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“Subcontracting” As A Solution, Not A Problem, In Outsourcing

“Subcontracting” As A Solution, Not A Problem, In Outsourcing William N. Washington As outsourcing has come into vogue for both commercial and government downsizing initiatives, the success or failure of the contracting efforts has increasingly become dependent on the effectiveness of the related subcontracting. With that extensive subcontracting has come loss of control and often […]

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The Costs And Benefits Of The Earned Value Management Process

The Costs And Benefits Of The Earned Value Management Process – cost control in defense research and programmes David S. Christensen Up to now assessments of the earned value management process have focused on either the positives or the negatives–but a complete and objective evaluation has not been made. This review surveys the literature and […]

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Change Agents Versus Established Service Roles, Missions, And Cultures

Dod And The Change Paradigm: Change Agents Versus Established Service Roles, Missions, And Cultures J. Robert Ainsley Little money has been available to modernize combat forces over the past 10 years. How can the Department of Defense reengineer the defense acquisition system to provide modernization? What change agents can be applied to alter the established […]

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Single Point Adjustments: A New Definition with Examples

Single Point Adjustments: A New Definition with Examples – Tutorial David C. Bachman Disciplined maintenance of the Performance Measurement Baseline is essential for Earned Value Management. A stable baseline provides the earned value (EV) analyst with the metrics needed to bound a project’s Estimate at Completion (EAC) range. A single point adjustment (SPA) is made […]

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A lean sustainment enterprise model for military systems

A lean sustainment enterprise model for military systems – Opinion Mario Agripino As existing weapon systems age and the costs and cycle times on the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of these systems increases, various organizations within the U.S. Department of Defense are conducting independent studies to help the system become more efficient. Current research efforts […]

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The Use Of Advanced Warfighting Experiments To Support Acquisition Decisions

The Use Of Advanced Warfighting Experiments To Support Acquisition Decisions – defense programs Kenneth Strayer This article summarizes research conducted to determine the use of Advanced Warfighting Experiments to support material acquisition decisions. Specifically, the research evaluated the effectiveness of the Army Task Force XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiment (TF XXI AWE) objective of providing information […]

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Knowledge Management in Acquisition and Program Management – KM in the AM and PM

Knowledge Management in Acquisition and Program Management – KM in the AM and PM – Tutorial Neal Pollock Knowledge Management (KM) applies management principles to the knowledge life cycle (cradle to grave). Both Acquisition and Program Management (AM and PM) utilize some KM principles (e.g., lessons learned) for some time, but there are additional KM […]