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    SHARE Repository Component Specification: Needs Assessment
    (2008-03-01) Johnson, Jean; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; NPS Faculty
    In August 2006, PEO IWS established the Software, Hardware Asset Reuse Enterprise (SHARE) repository to make combat system software and related assets available to eligible current and potential Navy contractors. PEO IWS is seeking ways to improve and mature the capability provided by SHARE. To that end, a research project at the Naval Postgraduate School will produce a component specification and ontology framework for use in SHARE. The framework will expand the information contained in the current metadata, to enable improved search and discovery capabilities and facilitate use of the repository items once they are retrieved. This paper lays the foundation for the research, by providing a characterization of the problem domain by describing the SHARE repository, its contents and its unique attributes. Based on this investigation, we then provide specific recommendations for both near term and long term improvements. The near term suggestions are essentially ''low hanging fruit'', or ideas for quick improvements that can be implemented in a relatively short time frame. The long term improvements are associated with the implementation of the component specification and ontology. Finally, we outline the requirements for the component specification in terms of its intended use within SHARE.
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    Desired Characteristics of the 21st Century Defense Industrial Base
    (2007-05-01) Chao, Pierre; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
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    The Evolving Defense Industrial Base
    (2007-05-01) Vincent, Lenn; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
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    Service-Oriented Architectures and Project Optimization for a Special Cost Management Problem Creating Synergies for Informed Change between Qualitative and Quantitative Strategic Management Processes
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2010-04-30) Pickl, Stefan; Mihelcic, Goran; Schuler, Marco; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
    Mobility plays a central role in the support of military staff of the German Federal Armed Forces. This demand most often is fulfilled by a central organizational unit which allocates needed vehicles out of a local car pool of the military facility. One essential maxim is to meet the ''approved'' demand for mobility for any military employee of that facility at any time. This paper is based upon the experience out of an optimization project that has been conducted at a large German military facility with about 3000 employees. The optimization effort aimed at two dimensions: Optimization at business process level (qualitative) Optimization at the cost level (quantitative) A short introduction is given into the overall process from the application for a vehicle to the allocation of the needed vehicle. After analyzing the old process and its inefficiencies, a proposal for an improved process design supported by a service oriented software approach is given. The second part of this paper is focused on potential mathematical optimization approaches that can be chosen to reduce cost and make ''intelligent'' allocations to the given demands. The demanding goal was a user-friendly decision support system that is able to make intelligent allocations.
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    To What Extent are DoD Activities Capitalizing on Commercial Item Designation Statutory and Regulatory Provisions under FASA, FARA, and SARA--Getting the Most from Limited Resources
    (2006-04-01) Yoder, E. Cory; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; NPS Faculty
    The past decade has seen a significant change in business practices within the Federal contracting arena. The changes have created a more business-to-business like contracting methodology, via commercial item designation streamlined procedures, for the conduct of Federal procurements meeting specific criteria defined in statutory authority provided under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), the Federal Acquisition Reform Act (FARA), and the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA). The aforementioned legislation allows for the utilization of Simplified Acquisition Procedures for all commercial item designated goods and services up to and including $5 million. The legislation was passed in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal contracting processes.
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    Implementing coordinative acquisition as a viable streamlined acquisition process in the Department of Defense (DoD): will contractors participate?
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2006) Froemke, Charles B.; Tanner, Jerry M.; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP)
    The purpose of this MBA Project is to discuss the use of the coordinative acquisition tool, which supports Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment (DAPA) recommendations calling for more streamlined acquisition architecture. Specifically, we conduct an analysis of the coordinative acquisition strategy as presented by Dr. Joseph P. Avery in his January 2006 presentation entitled, Coordinative Acquisition Strategies; Hyperswift Response to the Warfighter as an acquisition tool used outside of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). We compare this method to DoD Directive 5000.1, DAPA, and other acquisition policies calling for acquisition cycle-time reduction and for a more simplified acquisition architecture. We also conduct a case study on the Rapid Identification Friend or Foe (RIFF) test kit prototype and develop lessons learned as it relates to DoD-wide implementation of coordinative acquisition as a viable streamlined acquisition tool for rapid acquisition of immature technologies necessary for warfighter support. We also discuss interviews with Government and industry representatives at all levels in order to better explore legal and ethical considerations of coordinative acquisition. Feedback from these interviews provides useful insight into industry's actual willingness to accept this form of acquisition for future projects within the DoD.
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    How to Check If It Is Safe Not to Retest a Component
    (2009-04-01) Berzins, Valdis; Dailey, Paul; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
    This paper focuses on ways to reduce testing effort and costs associated with technology-advancement upgrades to systems with open architectures. This situation is common in Navy and DoD contexts such as submarine, aircraft carrier, and airframe systems, and accounts for a substantial fraction of the testing effort. This paper describes methods for determining when testing of unmodified components can be reduced or avoided, and it outlines some methods for choosing test cases efficiently to focus retesting where it is needed, given information about past testing of the same component. Changes to the environment of a system can affect its reliability, even if the behavior of the system remains unchanged. The new capabilities added by a technology upgrade can interact with previously existing capabilities, changing the frequency of their usage as well as the range of input values and, hence, changing their effect on overall system reliability.
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    Making Acquisition Measurable
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-04-30) Buck, Kevin; Hanf, Diane; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
    The ultimate objective of our investigations was to establish a foundation for improving how acquisition performance is managed. Our project looked broadly across the four principles highlighted in NDAA Section 804 and subsequently focused on the challenges that program managers might face in measuring adoption and impact of the user engagement principle. We discovered that the principles are interrelated and that an understanding of how acquisition success will be measured is critical to understanding the principles'' contribution to successful acquisition outcomes. Our research focused most extensively on the challenges that Government program offices face in ensuring early and continual involvement of the user, measuring/monitoring user engagement in achieving program/system objectives, and determining the impact of user involvement. Based on direct interaction with users of Government systems and program capabilities, our research resulted in the identification of essential elements for an effective user engagement program, codification of key user types and characteristics, candidate high-priority user engagement metrics, lessons learned in deriving metrics, relevance of performance management principles for measuring user engagement, and insights from users for improving how program offices can more effectively and efficiently engage users in the process of delivering required capabilities.
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    Managing the Services Supply Chain in the Department of Defense: An Empirical Study of Current Management Practices
    (2009-04-01) Apte, Aruna; Apte, Uday; Rendon, Rene G.; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management
    This paper presents the results of our ongoing research on the management of services acquisition in the Department of Defense. In this empirical study, we developed and used a web-based survey to collect data on the acquisition strategy, procurement methods, and contract types used at Air Force and Navy installations. Specifically, we studied the current management practices in such areas as lifecycle approach, project management, organization/management structure, and training provided to services acquisition personnel. We found that the majority of the services contracts awarded and administered conformed to our expectation. For example, most service contracts are competitively bid, fixed-priced awards without any type of contract incentive. However, we found that the Air Force and Navy use different contracting approaches in the following areas: organizational level of acquisition offices (regional versus installation), the use of project teams, leaders of the acquisition effort (program personnel versus contracting officers), and managers of the services requirement (program personnel, contracting officers, and customer organizations). We analyzed the implications and impact of different approaches on the effectiveness of the contract management process and make recommendations for improving the management of services acquisition in the Department of Defense.
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    Market Dominance, Efficiency, Innovation, and Globalization: A Case Study of the Tanker Competition between Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS
    (2008-04-01) Hensel, Nayantara; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; NPS Faculty
    The purpose of this analysis is to provide a case study of the competition between Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS for the Air Force refueling tankers contract and to discuss the role of many of these considerations in the controversy. This is an important case study because it highlights: (a) the concerns of the American people that they are continuing to lose manufacturing jobs overseas and the solutions that they are considering to lessen that problem; (b) the conflict between the concept of the US and European defense companies as partners against common threats to provide the best systems possible and the concept of them as competitors; (c) the concerns of an incumbent that it is losing its traditional edge; and (d) the desire to have an open and fair government procurement process in which all parties are able to accept the outcome that the process produces. This case study explores the background behind the contract, the reactions to the awarding of the contract, the reasons for the awarding of the contract, and the likely implications of the Boeing/Northrop Grumman-EADS competition for the competing firms, the government contracting process, and the global market.