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    Managing the Service Supply Chain in DoD: Implications for the Program Management Infrastructure
    (2007-04-01) Rendon, Rene G.; Apte, Uday; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management
    The services acquisition volume in the US Department of Defense (DoD) has continued to increase in scope and dollars in the past decade. In fact, in recent years, the DoD has spent more on services than on supplies, equipment and goods, even considering the high value of weapon systems and large military items (Camm, Blickstein & Venzor, 2004). Between FY 1999 to FY 2003, the DoD''s spending on services increased by 66%; and in FY 2003, the DoD spent over $118 billion (or approximately 57% of total DoD procurement dollars) on services (GAO, 2005a). The acquired services presently cover a very broad set of service activities, including: professional, administrative, and management support; construction, repair, and maintenance of facilities and equipment; information technology; research and development, and medical care.
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    Honoring Oklahoma Astronaut John Herrington
    (United States Government Printing Office, 2019) Horn, Kendra S.; Acquisition Management (AM); Dudley Knox Library
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    Effect of Information and Decision-making on DoD Performance Incentives and Award Fees
    (2009-04-01) Hildebrandt, Greg; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
    This analysis discuses DoD policy for the use of Performance Incentives and Award-fee Contracts during System Development and Demonstration (SDD). Both a review of the use of Performance Incentive Contracts since the 1960s, as well as the current policy required by the DoD to develop performance incentives are provided. A performance incentive should be structured such that the contractor receives a profit for improved performance equal to the value to the government of the improved performance times the cost-sharing ratio. This formula will motivate a contractor to spend no more than the government''s value to enhance performance. If exactly that amount is spent, the loss in profit resulting from increased cost will just equal the profit received from enhanced performance. This project also shows how a similar logic can be extended to Award-fee Contracts. The analysis examines alternative decision-making and informational structures to determine the effect on contract outcome when the performance incentives are structured in accordance with policy. In certain situations, more complex incentive structures may be required. However, the informational requirements to properly develop these more complex Incentive Contracts may be substantial.
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    Acquisition Management for Systems-of-systems: Exploratory Model Development and Experimentation
    (2009-04-01) DeLaurentis, Daniel; Mane, Muharrem; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
    In recent years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has placed a growing emphasis on the pursuit of agile capabilities via net-enabled operations. In this setting, systems are increasingly required to interoperate along several dimensions. Yet, the manner in which components of these ''system-of-systems'' (SoS) are acquired (designed, developed, tested and fielded) has not kept pace with the shifts in operational doctrine. Acquisition programs have struggled with complexities in both program management and engineering design. We have developed a conceptual model for pre-acquisition and acquisition strategy in an SoS environment and have implemented it in an exploratory, dynamic model. The model allows acquisition professionals to develop intuition for procuring and deploying system-of-systems by providing a venue for experimentation through which they can develop insights that will underpin successful acquisition of SoS-oriented defense capabilities. This paper presents example studies that demonstrate the capabilities of the dynamic model and highlight the importance of project characteristics. Specifically, we investigate the impact of SoS attributes''requirement interdependency, project risk, and span-of-control of SoS managers and engineers''on the completion time of SoS projects.
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    Optimal Inventory Policy for Two-echelon Remanufacturing
    (2007-04-01) Ferrer, Geraldo; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; NPS Faculty
    We present a two-echelon remanufacturing facility subject to constant demand, in which the disassembly process and the repair process observe stochastic yield. We develop an intuitive scheduling policy and perform a robustness test.
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    17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium: "Creating Synergy for Informed Change"
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2020-05) Shaffer, Alan R.; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Research Program
    Proceedings: 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, Keynote Speaker: Hon. Alan R. Shaffer
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    Defense Affordability--Expensive Contracting Policies
    (2012-05-16) Spector, Eleanor; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Acquisition Management; Other Research Faculty
    symposium presentation
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    Control of Total Ownership Costs of DoD Acquisition Development Programs Through Integrated Systems Engineering Processes and Metrics
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-04-30) Montgomery, Paul; Carlson, Ron; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Management
    Many DoD weapon systems acquisition programs are exceeding their original estimates for total ownership costs. There are probably many contributing factors to this cost growth, but is Systems Engineering (SE) one of them? How can systems engineering processes, methods, and practices be improved to better control total ownership cost growth in DoD acquisition programs? This paper discusses research in developing an understanding of how SE can be optimized for developing high confidence estimates and better control of acquisition program total ownership costs (TOC). Although this research is in the very early stages, we discuss the technical approach to investigating systems engineering methods and practices related to TOC as executed at one of the Navy''s major system acquisition commends (Naval Air Systems Command-NAVAIR). We discuss very preliminary findings and set the stage for further research results.
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    AEGIS and Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) Platforms: Using KVA Analysis, Risk Simulation and Strategic Real Options to Assess Operational Effectiveness
    (2007-05-01) Housel, Thomas; Tarantino, Eric; Uchytil, Scott; Mun, Johnathan; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Management; NPS Faculty
    Symposium Presentation
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    Navy Acquisition via leasing: policy, politics, and polemics with the Maritime Prepositioned Ships
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2005) Shank, John K.; Miguel, San, Joe; Summers, Donald E.; Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP)
    In recent months, leasing has been prominent in the press in connection with the Air Force's ill-fated attempt to obtain the use of Boeing re-fueling tankers without buying them. Gone from memory is the early 1980's controversial Navy leasing program of Maritime Pre-positioned Ships that had a different result. This paper presents an analysis of the various issues and parties to the very creative and innovative financing on behalf of the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Still in existence today, the 1983 contracts for thirteen TAKX ships were valued at approximately $2.6 billion. While the decision is often framed as a lease versus purchase choice, the facts indicate that the option to purchase was not seen as viable at the time. In hindsight, the TAKX leasing program was successful and cost effective, despite the whirlwind of political commentary and intrigue and the dueling quantitative analyses surrounding it. However, as an unintended (or, perhaps, intended) consequence, laws and policies have since been changed so that leasing is no longer viable for financing military assets. The case presented here considers altering existing laws and regulations to once again permit leasing of military resources.;The following article is taken as an excerpt from the proceedings of the annual Acquisition Research Program. This annual event showcases the research projects funded through the Acquisition Research Program at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. Featuring keynote speakers, plenary panels, multiple panel sessions, a student research poster show and social events, the Annual Acquisition Research Symposium offers a candid environment where high-ranking Department of Defense (DoD) officials, industry officials, accomplished faculty and military students are encouraged to collaborate on finding applicable solutions to the challenges facing acquisition policies and processes within the DoD today. By jointly and publicly questioning the norms of industry and academia, the resulting research benefits from myriad perspectives and collaborations which can identify better solutions and practices in acquisition, contract, financial, logistics and program management. For further information regarding the Acquisition Research Program, electronic copies of additional research, or to learn more about becoming a sponsor, please visit our program website at: For further information on or to register for the next Acquisition Research Symposium during the third week of May, please visit our conference website at: