Strategic Planning and Management in Defense Systems Acquisition

Report Number: NPS-AM-14-C11P23R03-080

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Strategic Sourcing

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Stanley Rosen

Title: Strategic Planning and Management in Defense Systems Acquisition

Published: 2014-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Strategic Planning and Management (SP&M), defense acquisition, management


Strategic Planning and Management (SP&M) methods are widely used in the commercial sector and are a required organizational activity within the U.S. Government. More specifically, defense acquisition organizations use SP&M methods to strengthen the management of defense acquisition organizations/programs. This article reports results of a survey of the defense acquisition community that assessed how SP&M methods and practices promote management effectiveness. The results show that SP&M is viewed as valuable to Department of Defense systems acquisition programs and organizations. Moreover, this effort identified high-value activities, tools, processes, practices, and common roadblocks to effective SP&M. These results imply that training on processes and tool use can be very important, especially for senior leaders, and implementation assistance can also be useful.