Defense AT and L. Volume 43, Number 2. March-April 2014
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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One of the seven goals of Better Buying Power 2.0 is to improve the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce. I thought it might be useful to provide some specificity about what I have in mind when I talk about professionalism. The following is based on various experiences over my career, including some formal education on the nature of professionalism in the military, including at venues like West Point and the Army War College, in my on-the-job training in program management and systems engineering by various Air Force colonels in the Ballistic Missile Office, and by mentors in the Armys Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command. I dont intend this to be an academic discussion, however, but a hands-on practical application of the term professional in the context of defense acquisition.