Get out

Get out

Steve Blank enrolled in the wrong college, joined the Air Force, dropped out of the right college and found success in Silicon Valley. Now he’s back in the classroom as a sought-after teacher and, on the side, is trying to help DOD get acquisition right through Hacking for Defense, I-Corps and other efforts. His advice to the Army: Get out of the building. by Mr. Michael Bold  In 2017, Worth magazine compiled a list of “The 25 Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Past 25 Years.” Among those listed were tech giants like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Steve Jobs, Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg, SpaceX and Tesla’s Elon […]

A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

By Mr. Stephen F. Conley and Dr. Craig M. Arndt Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism, the acquisition community has been focused on providing Quick Reaction Capabilities (QRC) to Warfighting units in theater. Some of this equipment is found to be so effective that it is worth keeping and fielding to the entire service. When a service decides that a QRC is worth keeping, the capability must transition and become an enduring capability otherwise known as a formal Program of Record (POR). The Department of Defense (DoD) has struggled with how to execute this transition for years. This paper provides a conceptual process to transition a QRC […]

Creating a Defense Acquisition Consulting Team

Creating a Defense Acquisition Consulting Team

By Capt. Christopher W. Piercy Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed or implied in this essay are those of the author and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the Department of Defense, Air Force, F-35 Joint Program Office, or other agencies or departments of the U.S. government. Background In 2009 I commissioned into the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned the Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 64P, which designated me as a Contracting Officer. As a Contracting Officer it is my responsibility to support the warfighter by acquiring the supplies, services, and weapons systems necessary to defeat our enemies and protect our citizens. […]

Identify. Quantify. Eliminate.

Identify. Quantify. Eliminate.

For the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general, readiness to attack disease outbreaks is a life-and-death imperative with multiple dimensions that have much in common with the U.S. military. by Ms. Margaret C. Roth As the World Health Organization’s (WHO) go-to expert for organizing major efforts against outbreaks of deadly disease, epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Aylward’s No. 1 job was ensuring the organization’s readiness to decisively defeat unpredictable enemies that can brutally decimate populations anywhere in the world. That means planning and executing a meticulous disease elimination or eradication strategy with the necessary personnel, logistics, research and development (R&D) and support systems and in partnership with multiple other international entities. When the […]

Controlling access: one element of cybersecurity

Controlling access: one element of cybersecurity

By Steven Brown, director of Enterprise Resource Planning Integration for PEO EIS; Frank Distasio, principal business integration consultant; Beth Missar, PM GFEBS audit lead; and Jonathan Case, U.S. Army Finance Command provisioning advisor Every networked system is subject to the risk of hacking and cyberattacks. Rarely does a week go by without news of an attempted or actual hacking of a government or private sector computer system. Cyberattacks against DOD and other parts of the government are constant—unclassified White House computer networks were breached in 2014, and the federal government employee records of 21.5 million people were stolen from the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. The U.S. Computer Emergency […]

Urgent need: sensible requirements

Urgent need: sensible requirements

Instead of KISS (keeping it super simple), requirement writers for ACAT III programs often go to absurd lengths to document what a product should do—even when the product is already sitting on a shelf. Here’s how to write a requirement—and a better way based on the author’s doctoral dissertation. by Dr. Donald Schlomer, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.) To understand requirements, you first have to understand the concept of a “capability,” which simply means something that can do something. Whether it’s a high-tech jet that can take off vertically and reach the outer atmosphere in seconds, or a lowly boot made for extended jungle wear that won’t encourage trench foot, someone […]

Need a LFT?

Need a LFT?

PEO Ammunition and ARDEC have a patent-pending and cost-effective way to LFT the 155 mm high-explosive round for increased anti-materiel performance by Mr. Paul Manz In an attempt to partially mitigate the capability gap resulting from DOD’s policy on cluster munitions—which mandates a significant reduction in the amount of potential unexploded ordnance they leave on the battlefield by 2019—a trio of technical professionals at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, faced the challenge of eking out increased performance from existing 155 mm high-explosive unitary munitions without breaking the bank. The policy-driven loss of most U.S. cluster munitions impacts all Army and Marine Corps dual-purpose improved conventional munitions (DPICMs) used by the Army […]

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 25, 2017) — As the Army continues to “do more with less,” process improvements such as those spurred by Lean Six Sigma (LSS) ideology are enabling the Army to more efficiently manage government resources. In support of these concepts, 17 LSS Black Belt candidates from APG, including employees from Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), completed a four-week course in December as part of their certifications. LSS is a process-improvement framework that enables practitioners to evaluate complex issues, identify inefficiencies and develop solutions to save time and money. During the class graduation, Gary Martin, […]

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

FT. BELVOIR, Va. (October 13, 2016) – The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office released the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (AAW HCSP) today. This five-year plan focuses on improving the readiness of the Army’s 37,000 acquisition professionals. Over the past year, representative stakeholders from across the AAW met to identify, understand, and address the greatest strengths and challenges facing the AAW. The plan that emerged focuses on the following five key themes: workforce planning; professional development; leadership development; employee engagement; and communication and collaboration. The AAW HCSP establishes clearly defined goals, objectives and initiatives, institutionalizing an enduring human capital planning process for the entire AAW. […]

Think, Execute, Improve

Think, Execute, Improve

For the Hon. Frank Kendall, there is no magic called ‘acquisition reform.’ His objective is ‘acquisition improvement,’ and it starts with hard work and critical thinking about Better Buying Power. by Mr. Steve Stark The Hon. Frank Kendall isn’t especially fond of the term “acquisition reform.” He thinks it “conveys the impression there’s some dramatic shift that’s going to make things fundamentally different. I don’t think there’s any such thing.” Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)), vastly prefers “acquisition improvement,” he said during an Aug. 16 interview with Army AL&T following his keynote address at the third U.S. Army Innovation Summit, at the College of William […]