Defense Acquisition Research Journal. Volume 18, Number 4, Issue 60, October 2011
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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From Workforce to Warfighter describes the end-to-end process of developing our nations defense capabilities. It begins long before a user requirement is ever written--in the hiring, training, and retention of our Defense Acquisition Workforce. It continues long after a system or service is produced--in the hands and mind of the warfighter downrange. The first two articles deal with the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Nick Bontis, Chris Hardy, and John Mattox demonstrate how effective training of this workforce contributes to improvements in job performance and business results. David Frick, in his article, argues that in order to keep this workforce primarily composed of knowledge workers motivated, traditional approaches such as pay-for-performance are increasingly anachronistic and may need to be discarded, while more nontraditional approaches need to be examined. The next two articles take to task long-held assumptions about the defense acquisition process. Jay Bottelson examines the Navys FA-18 Hornet program in terms of requirements creep and cost growth, and finds that the problems occurred in unexpected ways. David Bachman argues that using integrated master plans provides more meaningful metrics for measuring near-term schedule performance than the traditional management tools of work and organizational breakdown structures. Finally, Dennis Duke, Dana Sims, and James Pharmer take us downrange, discussing how workload task analysis can help the decision-making process for developing warfighter training systems.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies