Symposium - 3.2020

Announcement: 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium Suspended

The Acquisition Research Program (ARP) had intended to transform the Naval Postgraduate School’s 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium into a virtual event using Zoom. Given the security concerns about using this and other online platforms, regrettably, the ARP is choosing to suspend this year’s symposium. In the end, there is no replacement for gathering everyone together in Monterey.

We will continue the robust exchange of ideas you have come to expect from the ARP and symposium via several online publications. We will publish research papers from the symposium in our Proceedings and Book of Abstracts, which will be available on the symposium website and our program website later this month. We will also be highlighting content from symposium panels in social media and ARP’s weekly newsletter, Need to Know, which arrives in your email and can be viewed on the ARP website.

We would like to publish presentation slides with proceedings papers on our websites. Those who were scheduled to present and wish to have presentation slides included can upload them at the symposium website no later than 1 May 2020.

In closing, RADM Jim Greene would like to share some personal comments:

This would have been my last symposium as the Chair of Acquisition at NPS, as I will be retiring in early June. I regret that I will not have the opportunity to say farewell to each of you in person. I have known many of you for years and I sincerely treasure your friendship. But most of all I want to thank you for your support of our ARP and the associated symposium. The symposium has taken a special place in the acquisition community and I hope it will continue for many years to come. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for the acquisition community to gather and share new and focused research on the acquisition issues of the day.  To our researchers, your work has been a pleasure to watch as it has gotten stronger, focused and relevant. Your contributions to our national security have made a significant impact on the evolution of our acquisition system to provide more affordable, timely and capable equipment to our warfighters—the reason we are all in this business. Our symposium this year has the best line-up of panel chairs and papers we have ever had. A special thanks to our longtime sponsors PEO SHIPS (the original sponsor of the ARP), PEO IWS, USD AT&L/USD A&S, NAVY DATM, and Siemens corporation. Your sponsorship is what makes the ARP and symposium happen! 

The Honorable David Berteau coined the name of old-timers in acquisition (almost 50 years for me) as the “Committee of Those Who Still Care”. To retain membership in that group I have signed on as a volunteer at NPS. I will retain my NPS email account and address (  I look forward to seeing you all next year at our symposium! 

With great respect for your contributions to our national security,

Thank you for being a vital part of the acquisition community and sharing ARP’s goals of improving defense acquisition through a culture of informed innovation.
With warm regards and in partnership,
Acquisition Research Program, Naval Postgraduate School
RADM Jim Greene, USN (ret.), Professor of the Practice and Chair of Acquisition
Dr. Bob Mortlock, Professor of the Practice and Principal Investigator
Ms. Karey Shaffer, MBA, Program Manager
Dr. Shel Johnson, Communications Manager
Ms. Nadia Greer, Program Analyst – Operations
Ms. Jochele Benson, Program Analyst – Student Research Program

About the Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

Every May, the Acquisition Research Program hosts a diverse group of acquisition professionals in a research-focused forum that connects scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. Attendees come from around the world; about half are Naval Postgraduate School faculty and graduate students engaged in acquisition-related research. Senior acquisition officials from the Departments of Defense and the U.S. Navy serve as panel chairs and present their critiques and comments on research papers and priorities.

The symposium provides a unique opportunity for NPS graduate students to present research and exchange ideas with senior policymakers, practitioners, and distinguished scholars. The symposium also features research papers and presentations on recently completed and ongoing projects sponsored by the Departments of Defense and U.S. Navy.

Previous symposia have featured the following presenters and keynote speakers, among other notable participants:

  • Hon. Frank Kendall, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • Hon. Sean Stackley, Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition and Acting Secretary of the Navy 
  • Hon. Jacques S. Gansler, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
  • Anne Rung, Director of Government Sector for Amazon Business; former United States Chief Acquisition Officer
  • Vice Admiral David H. Lewis, Director of Defense Contract Management Agency
  • David A. Drabkin, Former Chairman of the Section 809 Panel
  • Elliott Branch, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Acquisition & Procurement
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