The “dog” days of summer – hot and humid – are upon us again in the capital area region of Washington, DC. But a lot has transpired since I last talked to you via this column. In coordination with DAU, we (Alumni Association) cp-sponsored a well-attended, top-quality hot topic forum on Wednesday, May 16, when Mr. Kevin A. Wince Chief Technology Officer in the Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security, gave a presentation on Agile Enterprise Architecture (EA), in which he described how an organization – through flexible team management – can apply “agile” project management principles to more efficiently run a program with rapidly changing scope. The name of the game in defense acquisition is now “agile.” This management technique can significantly improve the time taken to field viable products for the warfighter.
The Alumni Association also sponsored college scholarships for members’ families worth $6000 in total as part of the Stephen W. Oxman Scholarship Program. This year there were 8 deserving recipients of the scholarships. Go to our DAUAA website – https://www.dauaa.org – to learn more about this program which provides a direct benefit to our membership and their family. Our VP for Communications – Mike Dorohovich – and staff member Jennifer Holub have done a great job coordinating and running this program.
As I write this message we are preparing for another hot topic forum on Wednesday, 18 July in Howell Auditorium on the DAU Fort Belvoir Campus. The topic is “National Security Challenges and the Technologies to Address Them. The presenter is The Honorable Robert Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense. The presentation will address the requirements side of defense acquisition – a critical part of an acquisition professional’s portfolio. Tom Davis, the DAU industry chair, and Wayne Glass, VP, Ops, were instrumental in organizing this hot topic forum.
Before I close, I want to again repeat that the strength and vitality of the DAU Alumni Association depends on the influx of “new blood.” I ask that all DAUAA members act as recruiters in expanding Alumni Association membership. Without a vibrant and growing membership, we simply cannot continue the level of symposia and hot topic fora that we currently co-sponsor with DAU.
- Bill Bahnmaier, President, DAUAA
About Bill Bahnmaier, DAUAA President: Bill Bahnmaier is a retired Marine and a former (retired) instructor at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). In his last tour of duty as a Marine he was a major system PM of the Marine Corps Assault Amphibian. Since retirement, Bahnmaier works as an official volunteer at DAU and also is a part time consultant and instructor on defense acquisition matters. He and his wife Peggy reside in Alexandria, VA. They have 9 nephews and nieces and 18 great nephews and nieces.