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Gregory Kausner: DOD’s Integrated Suite of Capabilities Must Be Guided By Mission Engineering

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Gregory Kausner
Gregory Kausner Undersecretary of Defense Acquisition

Gregory Kausner, acting undersecretary of acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, said that the growing defense acquisition demands an integrated suite of capabilities guided by mission engineering to reach the desired warfighting goals, DOD News reported Wednesday.

Kausner enumerated scoped requirements, guided development and informed investment as essential factors to develop the agency’s capabilities and link the programs to their intended missions.

"Put simply, the mission architecture is the business model for the conduct of operations," he said in an event speech, adding that the DOD can determine vital threads when an “overarching mission architecture” is highlighted.

The agency recently developed the adaptive acquisition framework aimed at providing suitable and sustainable solutions to end-users. Kausner said the framework allows program teams to plan and manage their strategies according to specific capabilities. 

The DOD official also noted that they are working on improving their talent management and developing a data-centric enterprise that leverages data for improved efficiency and operational advantage. 

For better synchronization of warfighting efforts, the agency is adopting integrated acquisition portfolio reviews. "We are in the midst of a rebalance from a program-centric approach to a portfolio-based perspective," Kausner said.