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Master of Science

First Advisor

Karen W. Currie, PhD

Second Advisor

Arthur L. Rastetter, III, PhD


Due to changes in the national security environment, the Department of Defense has revised its approach to acquisition. There will be greater emphasis on research, development, and advanced technologies. The Department of Defense will concentrate on upgrading current systems using rollover of new technologies from development programs that have advanced to a certain point but not into production. The people working in acquisition must hold skills in planning and developing new technologies prior to pre-Milestone 1. A major concern is the training, education, and professional development of the defense acquisition work force. The data contained in this study was generated from six case studies of ACAT ID program management offices at Wright Patterson AFB OH. The objective of this research was determine if acquisition logistics managers have sufficient training and tools necessary to perform pre-Milestone I tasks. Logistics considerations, training and education, and tools and aids were analyzed to determine a common logistics relationship that could be applied to the pre-Milestone I process. The results determined a generalist rather than being a specialist is required, projects should develop weapon system data base repositories to ensure sustainment of programmatic information, and additional tools are recommended in areas of new concepts.

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Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.