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... The Better Buying Power initiatives -- launched by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in 2010, along with earlier provisions under the Weapon System Acquisition Reform Act and the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act, to improve DoD's ability to technically manage complex weapon systems throughout their life cycle in collaboration with industry contractors -- are intended to address these goals.3,4 The question is, what is the appropriate balance between the notion of government as system integrator on one extreme and the total system performance responsibility approach -- in which government's role in the management of the system is minimized -- on the other? 1  The Air Force defines technical baseline as "Data and information that provides the program office knowledge to establish, trade-off, verify, change, accept, and sustain functional capabilities, design characteristics, affordability, schedule, and quantified performance parameters at the chosen level of the system hierarchy." Ownership of the technical baseline is defined as "The government applies technical baseline knowledge to be an informed decision maker." SOURCE: Bud Boulter, SAF/AQRE, and David Crawford, MITRE, "OTB Implementation," presentation to the committee on November 4, 2014.
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... identify the barriers that must be addressed for the Air Force to regain technical baseline control to include workforce, policy and process, funding, culture, contracts, and other factors; and (3) provide terms of reference for a possible follow-on study to explore the issues and make recommendations required to implement and institutionalize the technical baseline concept, and possibly prototype the concept on a demonstration program for lessons learned.
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... The scope of the workshop included not only current and future Air Force and DoD programs, but also past programs, such as the Expeditionary Combat Support System, where the workshop participants could potentially glean lessons learned and also practices that could be applied to current and future programs. Presentations at the workshop served as useful points of discussion throughout the workshop and the basis for the discussions summarized below.
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... Contracting: In the opinion of two participants (Terry Jaggers, Gary Kyle) , it is essential that contracts reflect the proper level of government technical and business engagement to include oversight, insight, data rights, and intellectual property consistent with the program's life cycle acquisition strategy.

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