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  • DAU Communities of Practice:  DAU Communities are a great resource for asking questions and keeping current on the latest news and policy.  DAU hosts over 40 communities of practice on acquisition related topics.  A list of active communities is available at https://www.dau.mil/community hub.  For the best community experience, we recommend that you sign in once on the DAU.mil site so that you can join, see all content, and contribute content/participate in discussions when visiting your favorite communities.”
  • DAU Event Calendar:  Looking for information on the upcoming DAU Lunch & Learn events, scheduled Hot Topic Training Forums, the Annual DAU Acquisition Training Symposium, or other events?  Click Here to view the DAUAA Event Calendar.
  • DAU Currently Has Many Career Opportunities:  The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is responsible for the training and career development of more than 150,000 DoD employees who provide weapon systems, supplies, and services to our nation’s warfighters. With the expertise of acquisition practitioners and the latest in training technology, DAU delivers a comprehensive collection of learning assets in the classroom and online. We offer certification training to individuals, mission assistance to organizations, continuous learning modules for currency and just-in-time learning, and a global knowledge sharing presence online.  Check out the full listing of DAU Staff & Faculty openings at USAJOBS found at https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?a=DD81&show=ag&p=1.
  • There is a DAUAA LinkedIn Group available to any member of the DAU Alumni Association.  We try to scan through relevant news, check for significant policy updates, review key tips on DAU resources, and more to add in that discussion forum.  Additionally members of the DAUAA LinkedIn Group can share acquisition information of interest with the roughly 4,000 members of that particular social media forum.  The intent of that forum is to provide a way for all to share things that might help our peers in the know.  There is an opportunity to participate by responding to posts there as well, we just ask that all remain professional and respectful of the views of others. Contributions need to be helpful and not mean spirited or just a way to grind an axe.  If you are a current DAUAA member and are not yet a member of that resource, go to https://linkedin.com/groups/147607, login to that site, and select the “Ask to Join” button on the DAUAA page to request access.
  • How to Write a Good Risk Statement: The Department of Defense Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management (DoD RIO) Guide for Defense Acquisition Programs discusses the importance of communicating risks through the use of structured risk statements. It describes how well-structured risk statements help all stakeholders better understand the program risks and enhance system engineering planning and communications. This article expands on that discussion and shares some of our more frequent recommendations for programs to improve risk statementsRead more at https://www.dau.mil/library/defense-atl/blog/How-to-Write-a-Good-Risk-Statement.
  • Training Courses & Schedules:  DAU posts a list of training courses and schedules online at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx, and if you click on the Low Fill Classes link on that page, you will find that DAU posts a list of “low fill” classes that are offerings within the next 60 days that have available seats subject to approval of the individual’s component agency.  Click Here to view the current list of Low Fill Classes.
  • DAWIA Certification & Core Plus Development Guides are available and can be found on the DAU site.  Click Here to view the Level 1, 2, & 3 certification standards for each career field.
  • Request a New Tool:  DAU is soliciting feedback from the Defense Acquisition Workforce to identify new learning tools and resources to share on its ‘Tools & Resources’ site.  These tools could be existing tools your agency has developed and which you use daily on the job.  You may also have ideas for new tools to be developed which could aid in your learning at DAU and also be used to enhance your productivity on the job when you return home.  You may have ideas on how DAU can improve the tools already in its “toolbox” such as ACQuipedia, Ask-a-Professor, and others.  Let DAU know what you would like to see more of and less of.   Click Here to complete this short 3 question survey to better assist DAU in providing the tools you need.
  • TWENTYEIGHTY STRATEGY EXECUTION offers an across the board 15% discount off of regular prices on Classroom Courses, E-Training and Virtual Classroom offerings for DAUAA members.  More information on this corporate sponsor’s offerings can be found at https://dauaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016TwentyEighty.pdf.
  • Book Download Available:  The Honorable Frank Kendall’s career has included a variety of roles in Defense acquisition, from an engineer designing weapons systems to the Nation’s chief weapons buyer. Few others can match the institutional knowledge and insight gained from his experiences. In his new book, Getting Defense Acquisition Right, Mr. Kendall shares a selection of his articles, statements and correspondence in a logical progression that provides insight into where Defense acquisition has been and a greater understanding of the complex system in place today.