"Achieving Excellence in a Changing Acquisition Environment"

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April 13, 2010

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) will host its annual Acquisition Community Symposium on April 13, 2010 on its Fort Belvoir Campus.  The theme this year is: Achieving Excellence in a Changing Acquisition Environment  The Symposium will provide Service-level and industry perspectives on implementing a new direction in acquisition leadership and management.    Through a series of speakers, panels and break-out sessions, the Symposium will examine issues such as: “Impact of Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) on acquisition, including workforce implications;” and “Technical maturity and cost challenges facing defense program managers.”   Agenda planning includes an Acquisition Executive Panel, an Industry Panel, a Congressional Perspectives Panel, and a New Acquisition Initiatives and Implementation Panel.  There will be seven breakout sessions covering: Five on “How to” discussions regarding career field recruiting and retention; presentations of DAUAA Research Paper Competition winners (Hirsch Prize); and Best Practices on Cost Estimating.  The one day symposium will conclude with a dinner in the evening honoring the winner of the 2010 Alumni Association’s Acker Award;  induction of new DAU Hall of Fame members; and  presentation of Research Paper Competition prizes.


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