Events at NPS
Deliver Capabilities to the Warfighter-Faster!
The February 12, 2020 Graduate School of Defense Management will be hosting the first in the series: Acquisition Pathways- Middle Tier Acquisition titled “Deliver Capability to the Warfighter- Faster!” with Capt. Jeff Dunlap, USN (Ret.), Graduate School of Defense Management Lecturer.
As technology advances in the commercial market, DoD is pivoting into new Acquisition Pathways that allow these capabilities to reach the warfighter quicker. The Middle-Tier Acquisition (MTA) Pathway takes capabilities that have a level of maturity to allow them to be rapidly prototyped within an acquisition program or fielded, within 5 years of MTA program start. DOD also began using new pathways referred to as middle-tier acquisition to rapidly prototype and field new weapon systems. Middle-tier programs are expected to field capabilities within 2 to 5 years. As of March 2019, military departments were using this authority for 35 unclassified programs.
Capt. Jeff Dunlap, USN (Ret.) is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Defense Management with significant acquisition experience during his 25 year career. After leaving military service, he entered the Defense Contractor field where he guided companies through the process of doing business with the Defense Department. A 92 NPS alumni, Jeff joined the Facility in January 2019 and teaches Program Management and Acquisition.