U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) now acquires systems that increasingly
rely on software to deliver capabilities to the warfighter. These
systems are more complex and costly than ever. Yet, DoD acquisition
managers are challenged to operate in an environment of constrained
budgets and faster delivery.
Applying the processes, methods, tools, and technologies of the
Software Engineering Institute (SEI) throughout the acquisition cycle,
federal defense acquirers can meet that challenge, deliver real value
for both the warfighter and the nation, and build a workforce with the
skills to meet future challenges.
Improving Acquisition Practice
To improve acquisition practice as called for in Section 804 of the
National Defense Authorization Act, program offices can move from ad hoc
acquisition to repeatable and measurable acquisition practice. The SEI
provides guidance to move toward measureable acquisition practice and
draws on proven tools to solve problems and prepare acquirers to
overcome complex software acquisition challenges.
Providing Acquisition Management Support
More than ever perhaps in an environment of new mandates, acquisition
managers can use expert technical, program, and planning support from a
trusted third party to extend and deepen their efforts to deliver
software capabilities and meet cost and schedule requirements. The SEI
supports acquisition managers with strategic planning guidance, direct
support, and assessment.
Promoting a Better Workforce
Dramatic changes to the way acquisition is conducted mean that
acquisition professionals need broader knowledge and new skills. SEI
workforce development for acquirers addresses skills development across a
broad range of significant areas important for the acquisition of
complex systems of systems.