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A podcast on the management, technology, and political-economy of weapon systems acquisition.

Acquisition Talk Eric Lofgren

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

A podcast on the management, technology, and political-economy of weapon systems acquisition.

    Risk taking, commercial tech, and the ARCI program with Bill Johnson

    Risk taking, commercial tech, and the ARCI program with Bill Johnson

    I was pleased to have Bill Johnson on the Acquisition Talk podcast to talk about how he helped bring commercial technology, open architecture, and continuous delivery to the sonar community in the 1990s with the Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) program. Bill was the deputy program manger and pioneered many of the techniques DoD is still trying to go after today, and the results speak for themselves. ARCI achieved a 60-fold decrease in real processing cost, a seven-fold increase in sensor performance, and reduced false alarms by 40 percent.

    Bill explained that after the Cold War, the RDT&E budget fell by 70 percent for undersea sonar systems. Around the same time, John Walker sold information to the Russians about how the United States detected and classified enemy submarines. Suddenly, their submarines became very quite. Acoustic superiority became a national security imperative.

    The typical reaction for the defense acquisition system is to demand more money to solve the problem. The general manager of the prime contractor at the time IBM, which later merged into Lockheed Martin, told Bill that they’ve “got deep pockets.” The contractor could keep R&D going while the program office searched for more money. “Hey, we’re part of this problem,” Bill recalled thinking. “We had to leverage the commercial side.”

    I’d like to thank Bill Johnson for joining me on the Acquisition Talk podcast. There’s a ton more information on ARCI and the case study details of what made it an acquisition success. Important papers and other resources are at the acquisition talk website. Be sure to check them out!

    This podcast was produced by Eric Lofgren. You can follow me on Twitter @AcqTalk and find more information at https://AcquisitionTalk.com

    • 1 hr 38 min
    NatSec News: June 28, 2022

    NatSec News: June 28, 2022

    Eric Lofgren and Matt MacGregor chat about the week's newsworthy headlines the world of military acquisition.

    This podcast was produced by Eric Lofgren. You can follow me on Twitter @AcqTalk and find more information at https://AcquisitionTalk.com

    • 59 min
    NatSec News: June 22, 2022

    NatSec News: June 22, 2022

    NatSec News: June 22, 2022 by Eric Lofgren

    • 46 min
    Problem areas in small business set-asides with Amanda & Alex Bresler

    Problem areas in small business set-asides with Amanda & Alex Bresler

    I was pleased to have Amanda Bresler and Alex Bresler back on the podcast to discuss their newest Naval Postgraduate School symposium paper on the composition of small businesses in the defense industry. Amanda is the Chief Strategy Officer at PW Communications, and Alex is the Chief Data Officer.

    They found that small business funding grew 68 percent between 2015 to 2021, but at the same time the total number of small businesses shrank 23 percent. That can only mean the small business players are, on average, getting bigger. Indeed, the number of small businesses receiving more than $100 million per year in defense prime contracts grew three-fold over those six years (from 26 to 84). By comparison, the number of small businesses with less than $1 million fell 32 percent (from 34,205 to 23,337).

    This podcast was produced by Eric Lofgren. You can follow me on Twitter @AcqTalk and find more information at https://AcquisitionTalk.com

    • 54 min
    NatSec News: June 14, 2022

    NatSec News: June 14, 2022

    Eric Lofgren and Matt MacGregor chat about the week's newsworthy headlines the world of military acquisition.

    This podcast was produced by Eric Lofgren. You can follow me on Twitter @AcqTalk and find more information at https://AcquisitionTalk.com

    • 54 min
    NatSec News: June 7, 2022

    NatSec News: June 7, 2022

    Eric Lofgren and Matt MacGregor chat about the week's newsworthy headlines the world of military acquisition.

    This podcast was produced by Eric Lofgren. You can follow me on Twitter @AcqTalk and find more information at https://AcquisitionTalk.com

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Emmabates ,

Happy hour with your defense-industrial friends

I'm new to the Acquisition space and I learn best by listening to people describe and explain, so it's great that I can turn to this podcast instead of relying on my network to explain these things to me. Above all, thank you for spelling out the acronyms as you go, it's the best spent few seconds of every conversation in this space and so few experts are self-aware enough to do it.

rawbie45 ,

Great show

Dude. This show is great. It has been awesome to get insight into what’s happening in others areas of acquisition. One my favorite pods each week.

battagz ,

Fascinating Interviews

AcquisitionTalk illuminates the surprisingly rich history and philosophy around military acquisitions. Excellent podcast and my favorite new area of study.

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