Newsletter 6.5.2020

June 5, 2020

ARP Research: Symposium Spotlight

Panel #2: Ship Building Acquisition and Sustainment

Technology Insertion OODA Loop Strategy for future Flexible Surface Warship Acquisition and Sustainment
Michael Good (DELTA Resources, Inc), Glen Sturtevant (PEO Ships)

  • Micro-abstract: In the same way that Colonel John Boyd, USAF, developed and applied the concept of an OODA Loop (a decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act) to combat operations, a construct for a Navy Warship Acquisition OODA Loop can provide a model of individual and organizational learning and adaptation.  Read the paper.  

Decisions Made During Acquisition Have Lasting Effects on Navy Ship Sustainment
Diana Moldafsky (GAO), Larri Fish (Government Accountability Office)

  • Micro-abstract:  The GAO found that shipbuilding programs’ requirements for sustainment reflect weaknesses with how DoD policy defines these requirements for ships. Sustainment requirements should influence acquisition decisions that determine the sustainability of a ship class, such as the ship’s design.  Read the paper and presentation.

Design for Sustainment: Governance Engineering in Major Acquisition Programs​
William Baker (U.S. Navy), Lucas Marino (AECOM), Joseph Bradley (Patrona Corporation), Kaitlynn Castelle (Patrona Corporation)

  • Micro-abstract: We report on the efforts to use agile development to develop a pilot sustainment system to provide integrated logistics support to the future fleet. Read the paper.         

See more research in the full Proceedings of the 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium.


This Week’s Top Story

Here’s the newest price tag for DoD’s arsenal of equipment
Aaron Mehta, Defense News

The Defense Department’s portfolio of 121 key defense acquisition programs now has a price tag of $1.86 trillion, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

The number comes from the GAO’s annual assessment of Pentagon acquisition, delivered to the public on Wednesday. The figure involves a 4 percent increase over the previous year but also factors in, for the first time, 15 major IT investments ($15.1 billion) and 13 middle-tier acquisition programs ($19.5 billion).

The vast majority comes from 93 major defense acquisition programs, or MDAP, worth $1.82 trillion. Of those, 85 MDAPs worth a total of $1.8 trillion are already underway, with the rest expected to enter production in the near future. The $1.8 trillion figure marks the largest level of investment in MDAPs since 2011, and an increase of $44 billion over the department’s 2018 MDAP portfolio.

The current MDAP portfolio has accumulated more than $628 billion in cost growth over the life of its programs — or 54 percent more than the projected cost when programs began — with schedule growth overshooting targets by 29 percent at an average capability delivery delay of more than two years.

Read more.


Acquisition and Innovation

SOCOM Looking To Bake In AI Requirements On Every New Program
Paul McLeary, Breaking Defense

Federal procurement spending up $120B since 2015
Jason Miller, Federal News Network

The Navy has 10 new information warfare projects
Mark Pomerleau, C4ISR Net

Shipbuilding suppliers need more than market forces to stay afloat
Bryan Clark and Timothy A. Walton, Defense News

Air Force could dole out nearly $27 billion in first round of ABMS contracts
Nathan Strout, C4ISR Net

SOCOM Multi-Mission Plane Competition Heats Up
Theresa Hitchens, Breaking Defense

Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NMCARS) Challenge
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Procurement)

Automation is advancing in federal acquisition
Mark Rockwell, FCW


Events (Upcoming and Recent Recordings)

Agility Prime: Collaborative Research and Development
June 10, 2020, 1:00-2:30 EDT

Hacking for Defense® Educators Course (Virtual)
First online session: June 17, 2020

How to Engage with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Research Ecosystem
June 19, 2020

Dcode Virtual: Navy Assistant Secretary James “Hondo” Geurts
Recorded May 14, 2020


Research and Higher Education

Benchmarking Data Use and Analytics in Large, Complex Private-Sector Organizations: Implications for Department of Defense Acquisition
Jeffrey A. Drezner, Jon Schmid, Justin Grana, Megan McKernan, Mark Ashby (RAND Corporation)

The Call for Decision Science: Why All Sailors and Marines Should Care
David Laszcz, Real Clear Defense

Students Across Navy’s Educational Enterprise Exchange Big Ideas
MC2 Nathan K. Serpico, Naval Postgraduate School

Military service academies plan for students’ return in fall
Brian Witte, The Associated Press

Joint Chiefs Vision Changes Military Education Philosophy
Department of Defense Press Release


Defense and Federal Government

Historic nomination of first black service chief to move forward after lawmaker lifts secret hold
Joe Gould, Valerie Insinna, and Leo Shane III; Defense News

Watch: General Brown remarks (Twitter video)

CNO Message to Sailors (video)

In his fight to change the Corps, America’s top Marine takes friendly fire
David B. Larter, Defense News

US joins G7 artificial intelligence group to counter China
Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press

China’s missile and space tech is creating a defensive bubble difficult to penetrate
Mike Yeo, Defense News

Costs of Creating a Space National Guard
Congressional Budget Office

Interim director takes over Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
Nathan Strout, C4ISR Net

Pentagon names seven new bases for 5G test beds
Andrew Eversden, C4ISR Net


COVID-19 and Contracting

DOD Announces Two Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 Projects to Support the Space Defense Industrial Base: $12.45 Million Investment to Improve Domestic Semiconductor Production and $6 Million to Expand Domestic Production of Satellite Solar Array Panels
U.S. Department of Defense Press Release

Pentagon taps $688 million in coronavirus aid for defense industry
Joe Gould, Defense News

Special Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned for DoD Contracting Officials in the Pandemic Environment (DODIG-2020-085)
Department of Defense Office of Inspector General


Policy and Regulatory Update

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Policy on Joint Ventures
Federal Register

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of Annual Reporting Requirements to Congressional Defense Committees (DFARS Case 2020-D004)
Federal Register



Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry Announce Markup Schedule for Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act
House Armed Services Committee

Inhofe, Reed Announce FY 2021 NDAA Markup Schedule
Senate Committee on Armed Services

Support Swells For New Indo-Pacom Funding; Will Money Follow
Paul McLeary, Breaking Defense

Would the White House consider a national cyber director?
Andrew Eversden, Fifth Domain

Lawmakers want must-pass defense bill to protect protesters from the military
Joe Gould, Defense News

AFGE urges Congress to back labor priorities in defense bill
Lia Russell, FCW

Navy Lacks ‘Clear Theory of Victory’ Needed to Build New Fleet, Experts Tell House Panel
Sam LaGrone, USNI News



ARP - Welcome to Student Acq

Welcome to the Graduate Student Acquisition Research Program (ARP)

Graduate Student Acquisition Research Program

The Acquisition Research Program (ARP) seeks quality graduate student research. The following list indicates the range of potential research areas of interest; acquisition and procurement policy; contract, supply chain, cost, project, logistics or engineering management; acquisition workforce; public budgeting and finance; outsourcing; performance measurements; collaboration; small business; human systems integration; and more.  Choose a sponsor topic or create one of your own.


Acceptance into ARP graduate student research program will provide the following at no cost to you;

  1. Travel funding (if needed)
  2. Professional editing (when you complete 3 chapters and again when all chapters are complete).
  3. Transcription support for digital recordings.

Program Expectations

  1. Produce publishable research (Public Release, Unlimited Distribution)
  2. Meet ARP milestones and stay on schedule
  3. Set a goal to complete your thesis/MBA project 2 months prior to graduation
  4. Deliverables:
    • Submit final WORD copy of your research report, and
    • Submit a poster of your research methodologies and findings. (ARP provides the template and has samples for review.)
  5. Present a poster of your final results or planned research at the 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, 13 May 2020 in Monterey, CA. 


Submit your application via email to

  1. Submit a cover email and attach your program application materials in a single PDF.
  2. Program Application attachment must include;
    • Signed ARP Application
    • Signed IRB Check List
    • Travel Estimate from DTS (if applicable)

Acquisition Research Program (ARP)

We would love to meet you! 

Drop by the ARP Office (Ingersoll - 372) anytime to meet Jochele & Nadia and talk about our student program.  We can also be reached via email at or by phone (831) 656-3793. 

Below please click on your graduation date to find the application, associated forms and samples.  We have also included relevant resources and writing handbooks for your use.

We are excited that you have interest in joining ARP and look forward to working with you.

Hope to see you soon!

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