Industry Perceptions of Department of Defense Program Manager Competencies

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-075

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs)

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Roy Wood

Title: Industry Perceptions of Department of Defense Program Manager Competencies

Published: 2010-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2010/NPS-AM-10-075.pdf

Keywords: Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs)

Abstract:

Large, complex Defense Department weapons system acquisition programs have been plagued by cost overruns, delayed schedules, and subpar performance. Much of the blame has been placed on government program managers (PMs). This study provides a new perspective on government PM competencies by surveying defense industry managers who work with the government PMs on a day-to-day basis. 146 industry managers rated the importance of PM competencies and assessed how well, from their perspective, their government PM counterparts met those competencies. The data gathered from this survey revealed several surprising insights, including a conclusion that government program managers