Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT April-June 2014 Contents Following are the lead positions for ACAT I and lA major
defense acquisition programs and major automated information
system programs that are KLPs if they are essential based on the
phase or type of program. These positions may be related to a
single program or matrixed across multiple programs:
• Contracting officer.
• Cost estimator.
• Production, quality and manufacturing.
• Information technology (IT).
The 2013 memo provides insight into new requirements for peo-
ple occupying KLPs. (See Figure 1.) First, there are common
cross-functional KLP requirements representing five key factors
essential for KLP selection: education, training, experience, spe-
cific competency attainment and currency.
In addition, there are acquisition career field requirements—
skills and experiences specified as mandatory and preferred
(highly desired). I recommend that anyone aspiring to serve in a
KLP take the right steps now to achieve this level of competency.
COMMON CROSS-FUNCTIONAL KLP REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor’s degree (required).
• Relevant advanced degree (preferred).
• Senior service school (preferred).
• Candidate or incumbent must be GS-14/15, O-5/6 or senior.
• Two years as a functional mentor (10 hours per year).
• Cross-functional and broadening assignments/rotations.
• Eight years of acquisition experience or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.
Public service motivation.
LEADING CHANGE LEADING PEOPLE RESULTS-DRIVEN BUSINESS ACUMEN
BUILDING COALITIONS ENTERPRISE-WIDE PERSPECTIVE
Human capital management.
DOD mission and culture.
DOD corporate perspective.
National defense integration.
CDR - Critical design review
DAWIA - Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act
ISR - In-service review
PCA - Physical configuration audit
PDR - Preliminary design review
PRR - Production readiness review
SFR - System functional review
SRR - System requirements review
SVR/FCA - System verification review/functional configuration audit
Program scheduling; risk management and mitigation; program health metrics/assessment/reporting/contractor performance assessment.
Systems perspective/strategic thinking.
Sustainment strategy planning and execution; integration of acquisition and life-cycle sustainment requirements.
Systems engineering design for optimized product performance; technical acumen; risk identification and management; configuration management; technical reviews and audits
(such as: SRR, SFR, PDR, CDR, SVR/FCA, PRR, PCA and ISR).
Logistics and product support; support and sustainment; supportability analysis; product support planning; technical or product data management; enterprise architecture; cybersecurity.
Agile IT development; broad knowledge of IT governing policies and emerging technologies.
Test and evaluation (T&E) strategy; T&E master plan; T&E infrastructure; development T&E assessments.
Contract type/structure; intellectual property; source selection; protests; contract administration; E-biz/automated tool;
Life-cycle sustainment funding; operating and support cost estimating, as identified in contracting input; business case analysis; budget exhibits; life-cycle cost estimating; cost-consciousness.
Minimum total of 80 continuous learning points for DAWIA two-year cycle, consisting of the following components:
1. At least 30 hours of functional specific training (exception: program management career field requires 50 hours of functional specific training).
2. At least 10 hours of leadership/professional training.
3. At least 10 hours of cross-functional training (career field-dependent).
The cross-functional requirements for KLP qualification cover numerous parameters, but the five
overarching factors for selection are education, training, experience, specific competency attain-
ment and currency. (SOURCE: USD(AT&L))
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