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1 Why Owning the Technical Baseline for Acquisition Programs Is Important to the U.S. Air Force
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... Owning the technical baseline: Air Force program managers and personnel have sufficient technical knowl edge of their engineering development programs to ensure program success by making informed, timely, and independent decisions to manage cost, schedule, and performance risk while ensuring disciplined program execution. Owning the technical baseline allows the Air Force to respond knowledgeably and have minimal disruption to mission success.
From page 6...
... In the opinion of Michael Griffin, former administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, it is critical that the government have sufficient technical information about -- and the competence to understand -- the critical cost, schedule, and performance trade-offs that were made in the course of establishing the technical baseline; that the government understands what the alternative approaches were and why they were not selected; and that the government agrees with the decisions that have been made. In the opinion of Gary Kyle, former Air Force contracting executive and president of Persistent Agility, the "government team" is a part of the "acquisition team," as defined in Federal Acquisition Regulation 1.102(c)
From page 7...
... Druyun, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Man agement, before the Senate Armed Services Committee Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, Subject: Air Force Acquisition Reform, March 17, 1999. 2  During this time period, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
From page 8...
... The weakening of the technical workforce was acknowledged by Air Force senior leadership, and in the past 10-15 years, efforts have been under way across the Air Force to "shore up engineering," beginning with Secretary of the Air Force Roche's revitalization of systems engineering in 2002 and continuing with initiatives such as Operational Safety, Suitability, and Effectiveness; Life Cycle Systems Engineering; and the Systems Engineering Assessment Model. In addition, according to Ogg, DoD has restarted the use of selective military specifications and standards to help guide industry and its own engineering workforce with proven practices and processes.

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