Management of Defense Acquisition Systems

ISBN-10: 1563479508

ISBN-13: 9781563479502

Edition: 2008

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Description: Defense acquisition projects cost billions of taxpayer dollars each year. These huge investments, coupled with seemingly perennial criticisms of waste and mismanagement, point out the need for a clearly written guide to the myriad functions and issues involved in defense acquisition management. This book enables the reader to understand the broad range of disciplines and activities that must be integrated in order to achieve successful acquisition outcomes.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Rene G. Rendon, PMP, CPCM, DBA, is on the faculty of the United States Naval Postgraduate School, where he teaches acquisition and contract management courses. Dr. Rendon served for more than 22 years as an acquisition and contracting officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Preface
Project-Management Concepts
Introduction
Definition of a Project
Characteristics of a Project
The Triple Constraint
Projects Compared to Routine Operations
Project Management Compared to Other Disciplines
Interdisciplinary Nature of Project Management
Project Life Cycle
Life Cycle for Defense Acquisition Projects
Complexity of Defense Acquisition Projects
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Defense Acquisition's Public Policy Imprint
Introduction
Policy and Politics
Acquisition Reform Imperative
Policy Makers
Policy Origins
Policy Expressions
Important Acquisition Policy Areas
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Initiating Defense Acquisition Projects
Introduction
Need Development
Requirements Management Through the Project Life Cycle
Science and Technology in Acquisition Projects
Technology Demonstrations
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Systems Engineering
Introduction
Value of Systems Engineering in Defense Systems Acquisition
Systems and Systems Engineering
Systems-Engineering Process-Overview
Systems Engineering in the Project Life Cycle
Systems of Systems
Open Systems
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Software Project Management
Introduction
Importance of Software Project Management
Challenges of Software Project Management
Software Standards, CMM, and Life-Cycle Models
Estimation and Planning
Monitoring, Metrics, and Quality Assurance
Configuration Management, Testing, and Maintenance
Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software and Software Reuse
Conclusion
Additional Resources
References
Study Questions
Logistics and Sustainment
Introduction: Logistics as Performance
Design for Logistics Performance
Advanced Logistics Concepts
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Test and Evaluation Management
Introduction
Purposes of T&E
Types of T&E
Organization for T&E
Planning for T&E
T&E in the Project Life Cycle
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Risk Management
Introduction
Risk Management in the Defense Acquisition Environment
Risk-Management Process
Risk-Management Documentation
Current Trends in Risk Management
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Manufacturing and Quality
Introduction
Defense Industrial Capability
The Manufacturing Spectrum
Manufacturing Connection to the Project Life Cycle and Systems Engineering
Manufacturing Readiness Levels
Producibility
Manufacturing Elements
Manufacturing Tools and Techniques
Quality Management
Quality-Management Systems
DoD Policies Related to Quality
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Contract Management
Introduction
Government Contracting Basics
Roles and Responsibilities in Defense Contract Management
Contract-Management Process
Contract Management from the Contractor's Perspective
Emerging Trends in Defense Contract Management
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Financial Management
Introduction
DoD Financial-Management Framework
Budgeting
Funds Execution
Looking Qutside the DoD
Timeless Questions in Defense Financial Management
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Earned Value Management
Introduction
EVM Application
Performance Measurement Baseline
Measuring Work in the PMB
Changes to the PMB During Contract Performance
Measuring Contract Performance Against the PMB
EVM Analysis
Projecting Future Contract Performance
Conclusion
References
Study Questions
Strategic Purchasing
Introduction
Purchasing and Organizational Strategy
Strategic Purchasing and Organizational Competitive Advantage
Strategic Outsourcing Considerations
Purchasing and Supply-Chain Management
Supplier Selection and Supply-Base Management
Strategic Analysis Tools
Organizing for Strategic Purchasing
Conclusion
Additional Resources
References
Study Questions
Organizational Aspects of Defense Acquisition
Introduction
Acquisition Organization: Decision Making
Acquisition Organization: Program Management Offices
Organization Theory: Acquisition Applications
Conclusion: Organizational Control and Project Risk
References
Study Questions
Defense Acquisition Workforce
Introduction
Defining the Acquisition Workforce
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act
Emphasis on Human Capital
Education and Training
Professional Associations
Conclusion: Current Challenges in the Defense Acquisition Workforce
References
Study Questions
Index
Supporting Materials
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