On October 7, Hacking for Defense (H4D) co-founder Steve Blank joined the virtual class meeting of our NPS entrepreneurship course piloting the H4D methodology. He spoke to students about the origins of H4D, the challenges the Department of Defense (DoD) faces in implementing the lean startup methodology, and lessons he hopes this collection of (mostly) Air Force contracting officers will take away from their experience.
Two Naval Postgraduate School faculty members are developing a data-driven approach that will allow DoD leadership and human resources managers to forecast an acquisition professional's choice to stay in the workforce or to leave based on his or her socio-demographic, academic, and professional background.
We may be drowning in information, but we can never have enough wisdom. I know it’s a farfetched concept to listen to the hard-working people in the field, but we need to listen to our operational contracting officers (LOCO).
On October 13, 2020, Vice Admiral David H. Lewis, USN (Ret.) took the helm as the Naval Postgraduate School Chair of Acquisition. As chair, he will lead the Acquisition Research Program (ARP) in the Graduate School of Defense Management and connect NPS with leaders and policymakers in the acquisition community.
This quarter, the Acquisition Research Program is conducting an experiment. We are amplifying our abilities to foster evidence-based innovation in acquisition, starting in one of our Naval Postgraduate School classrooms.
In a letter dated May 21, 2020, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) awarded five more years of accreditation to the Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM) at Naval Postgraduate School.
This June, Michael Wooten, the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), recorded an interview with Katie Malague of the Partnership for Public Service. They discussed how his career and education have prepared him to direct policy for the world’s largest buying organization, his assessment of the acquisition landscape in 2020, and advice he would give to agencies about using and procuring new technologies.
The new Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 5000.01 was released on September 8, 2020. We note several changes of note, as well as some core concepts that remain stable across the versions of this guiding document. Among the changes, we are pleased to see that changes recommended by the Section 809 Panel are reflected in new fundamentals and priorities for the defense acquisition system. Here are the highlights.