Straight Talk: Major Program Manager Views of Defense Acquisition

Report Number: NPS-AM-11-C8P14R03-054

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs)

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Roy Wood, Al Moseley

Title: Straight Talk: Major Program Manager Views of Defense Acquisition

Published: 2011-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: PM Forums, Programmatic Issues, Programmatic Trends


Current efforts by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD[AT&L]) to improve acquisition outcomes are focused on addressing perceived problems that create inefficiencies in major programs. Program Manager (PM) Forums were established by senior acquisition leaders within OSD to hear directly from a sampling of major PMs to help key OSD leaders understand PM perspectives and issues. This study analyzes the results from six PM Forums attended by 148 major PMs between November 2007 and November 2010, and it provides a synthesis and presentation of current programmatic issues and trends.