Management of Defense Acquisition Projects

Author: Rene Garza Rendon
Publisher: Amer Inst of Aeronautics &
ISBN: 9781563479502
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Augustine s Laws

Author: Norman R. Augustine
Publisher: AIAA
ISBN: 9781563472398
Format: PDF
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Such landmark books as "The Peter Principle, Parkinson's Law", and "Up the Organization" have had an indelible effect on the management culture of our time through their acute visions of the tangles and paradoxes of modern business. To that short list must now be added "Augustine's Laws" -a classic of the genre, a brilliant (and ruefully hilarious) book on the looking-glass world of business management and organizational misbehavior. it offers its readers multiple shocks of recognition and priceless insights into how things might be better run. The fifty-two "Augustine's Laws" set forth here cover every area of business. Each law formulates a home truth about business life that, once pointed out, is impossible to forget or ignore. Each law is imbedded in a literate, droll, quotation-laden text, whose contrapuntal humor brings into sharp focus all the knotty complexities a manager is ever likely to face. As a bonus, readers can also follow, law by law, the cautionary saga of the Daedalus Model Airplane Company, a concern founded in unfounded optimism by two business school graduates, and headed straight for oblivion -but not before every disastrous mistake known to managerial life is made.

A Comparison of the Defense Acquisition Systems of France Great Britain Germany and the United States

Author: Defense System Management College
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500869366
Format: PDF
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Since the 1970s, cooperative armament projects have offered the hope of leveraging national resources. Atlantic Alliance members have sought cooperation with their friends and allies. “These (cooperative) programs help strengthen the connective tissue, the military and industrial relationships that bind our nations in a strong security relationship. The political dimension of armaments cooperation is becoming increasingly important in an uncertain international security environment.”This book is about the national armament systems of four nations. It provides an introduction to the political environment, the acquisition organizations, systems and processes of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. All four nations are NATO members. These countries for more than a quarter century have been partners in cooperative programs. Their concerted efforts have fielded such systems as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Warning and Control Aircraft (AWACs), the Navy's RIM-7M, Sea Sparrow, and the AV8B Harrier GR7. Their cooperation in armaments activities has enhanced the mutual security of the alliance and become even more important with the increased emphasis on coalition warfare.Armaments cooperation happens for a range of reasons. Nations anticipate cost saving or desire access to better technology and agree to the development of a new weapon system. However, having the will to cooperate does not mean managing an international armament cooperative program is an easy task. National culture and traditions complicate the job. Different time zones, different currencies, and different fiscal years add to the difficulty. Communicating complex issues through the fog of language, either verbally or in writing, offers a challenging problem for both the program manager and the multinational team members.Working effectively in the international environment requires knowledge of the people, organizations and cultures of each country. As its primary purpose, this book looks at the major political and military acquisition characteristics of the four countries, and provides an overview of their organizations and processes. A useful starting point for understanding an organization is to look at its organizational structure. An organizational structure indicates where activities take place, how the management system operates, and indicates where authority and responsibility rest. The managerial system, which includes the formalized policies and procedures, guides the activities of the acquisition organizations and provides an understanding of how the system operates.This book was written for several audiences. For the acquisition practitioners, this introduction should provide a basic understanding of the other countries' system and their approach to armaments development. This basic understanding will help him or her to more effectively and efficiently perform their assignment in the international environment.There are several secondary purposes. Every year the United States assigns large numbers of military personnel overseas to Security Assistance Organizations (SAO). These “SAOs” perform a key role in the interface between the military of our government and the host country. One of their many tasks is to work with the other country's acquisition system. This book will be a “good read” for them as they attempt to understand and work with these organizations. It will also provide them an introduction to the United States acquisition system.For students of comparative politics, governments, and public administration, this book provides a structured approach to understanding organizations and finding approaches to manage the acquisition and development of weapons systems.