Modeling the Department of Navy Acquisition Workforce With System Dynamics
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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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NPS Report NumberSYM-AM-18-036
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