Acquisition Research Program (ARP)
The Acquisition Research Program (ARP) provides applied research in acquisition sciences, hones the professional education of the next generation of defense acquisition innovators, and forges connections with acquisition thought leaders -- enhancing the operational effectiveness of the U.S. Naval and Joint Forces.
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    Modeling the Department of Navy Acquisition Workforce With System Dynamics
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2018-04-30) Ford, David; Clark, Altyn; Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    Acquiring effective and efficient materiel solutions that support naval missions is critical to meeting Department of the Navy (DoN) objectives. Maintaining the readiness of the current Navy to fight and win, accelerating the delivery of warfighting capability for the next Navy, and researching and transitioning to new technologies for the Navy after next all require that the DoN maintain a healthy acquisition workforce that is large enough and qualified to be smart buyers over 30+ year time horizons. The naval acquisition workforce faces losses of experience and capacity as the current workforce ages and retires, as knowledge half-life diminishes the relevance of current skills and experience, and as a tightening labor market draws government employees to the private sector. Leaders throughout the DoN are challenged to identify and implement actionable levers to sustain required workforce capability and capacity. This study developed a realistic simulation model of a portion of the naval acquisition workforce and demonstrated its potential use in workforce planning and management.
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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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    NPS Need to Know Newsletter Acquisition Research Program, 2022-01-21
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2022-01-21) Johnson, Michelle; Asch, Larry; Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Research Program
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    Domestic Disasters and Geo-Spatial Technology for the Defense Logistics Agency
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2014-11-01) Nerg, Amanda; Stuckenschneider, Kristie; Acquisition Research Program (ARP)
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    A Study of MBSE Through the Development of Modeling and Data Exchange Processes [video]
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2021-05-21) Emeny, William; Robar, Ryan; Talley, Dustin; Rubow, Michael; Lowenberg, Lance; Nguyen, Lynn; Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Research Program
    The DoN is undergoing a digital transformation that is set to address the needs of sustaining fleet assets for extended periods of time, while maintaining a superior lethality. Within the engineering domain, the DoN is starting to identify model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tools and concepts to streamline processes and enhance capability. The capstone looked to lay the foundation for a conceptual system model development process that utilizes SysML and OOSEM to produce system model data and artifacts derived from a single scenario. During the digital transformation, communication of system model data to stakeholders was identified as a need, and a SysML tool was used to generate model-based documentation from a formatted Microsoft Word document. With incoming digital product support capabilities from the MBPS program, communication from a MBSE environment is critical and requires XML-formatted data. Using the information collected in the completion of the scenario, it was discovered that SysML elements will lose their SE-specific stereotypes when converted directly into XML format. To counter this, the capstone developed UML instances derived from the S3000L UML class-based data model to be converted into XML format. The findings and developments of this capstone support the ability for organizations to standardize the way system modeling data is developed, collected, and communicated to other systems external to the engineering domain.
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    Understanding Post-Production Change and Its Implication for System Design: A Case Study in Close Air Support During Desert Storm
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2022-05-06) Singh, Aditya; Szajnfarber, Zoe; Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Research Program
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    Volume II Acquisition Research Creating Synergy for Informed Change, Thursday 19th Annual Acquisition Research Proceedings
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2022-04-29) Acquisition Research Program; Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Research Program
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    Contracting Out Government Procurement Functions: An Analysis
    (2007-09-01) Lamm, David; Yoder, Cory; Contract Management (CM); Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Contract Management; NPS Faculty
    This report presents the results of a study investigating the issues surrounding contracting out of Government procurement functions to private firms. Surveys were completed by and interviews were conducted with contracting and program office personnel in the Department of Defense as well as State and local government procurement officials. The primary focus of the research was the effectiveness of contracts which have been used to perform contracting functions, but also included are several problem areas related to the award and administration of these contracts.
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    Real Options in Military System Acquisition: The Case Study of Technology Development for the Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon System
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2013-08-01) Angelis, Diana; Ford, David N.; Dillard, John; Acquisition Research Program (ARP)
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    BRIDGING THE GAP:Improving DoD Innovation Programs to Enhance the Adoption of Innovative Technology Throughout the Armed Services
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2018-04-30) Bresler, Amanda; Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    For over 60 years, Department of Defense (DoD)ヨbacked innovation programs have played an outsized role in the narrative surrounding military innovation. While these programs provide valuable benefits, this paper specifically evaluates their effectiveness as a means of enhancing the adoption of innovative new technology throughout the armed forces. To assess how companies that participated in DoD-backed innovation programs performed in the defense sector subsequent to program completion, we compiled a data set of more than 1.29 million defense contract awards over seven years and analyzed the distribution of these awards across a data set of more than 8,000 DoD-backed innovation program award recipients. The results demonstrated that nearly half of participants achieved no meaningful growth in their defense business after program participation; and the small, innovative companies that did successfully bridge program participation into additional DoD business rarely contracted with customers outside of their initial branch sponsor. Through surveys and interviews of key stakeholders, we identified several causes for the low rate of adoption of participants' technology across the armed forces, and we present concrete recommendations for how the Department can address these problems to better leverage DoD-backed innovation programs as a means of enhancing force readiness.