Army, acquisition, professional development, army officer, systems analysis, department of defense, dod, army acquisition corps, personnel management, officer flow, competency based management
The Army Acquisition Officer lacks proficient experience needed to fill key leadership positions within the Acquisition Corps. The active duty Army officer is considered for the Acquisition Corps functional area between their 5th and 9th years of service as an officer – after completing initial career milestones. The new Acquisition Corps officer is the rank of senior Captain or Major when he arrives to his first acquisition assignment with a proficiency level of novice (in acquisition). The Army officer may be advanced in his primary career branch, but his level decreases when he is assigned into the Acquisition Corps functional area. The civilian grade equivalent to the officer is a GS-12 or GS-13 whose proficiency level is advanced in his career field. The purpose of this study is to use a systems analysis approach to decompose the current acquisition officer professional development system, in order to study how well the current active duty officer flow works and how well it interacts or influences an acquisition officer's professional development; and to propose a potential solution to assist in the management of Army acquisition officers, so they gain proficiency through not only education and training, but also the hands-on experience that is needed to fill key leadership positions in the Army Acquisition Corps. An increased proficiency and proven successful track record in the acquisition workforce is the basis to positively affect acquisition streamlining processes within the Department of Defense by making good decisions through quality experience.
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Kincaid, J. Peter
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Modeling and Simulation; Engineering
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Chu-Quinn, Shawn, "Streamlining the Acquisition Process: Systems Analysis for Improving Army Acquisition Corps Officer Management" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1332.