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Portfolio-Focused Acquisition for the 21st Century Battlespace

In today’s battlespace, the rapid interplay of time and information is the critical determinant of defense posture. The DoD’s adversaries are acquiring and deploying modern technologies at a pace never seen before—and often in nontraditional and highly effective ways—while digitalization is forcing operational planners to throw “the way we have always done things” out the window.

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Defense Civilian Training Corps Kick-Off Marks Milestone in Strengthening DOD Civilian Acquisition Workforce

On June 8, the Defense Department marked a new milestone in its commitment to modernizing the acquisition workforce with the launch of the Defense Civilian Training Corps. This pioneering initiative aims to prepare competitively selected students for public service in vital DOD acquisition-related occupations and improve talent readiness in DOD critical skill areas. The first cohort will begin in August 2023, and will comprise approximately 80 students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Purdue University, the University of Arizona and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Strengthening, Empowering the Acquisition Workforce Through Modernization

As the Defense Department embraces a paradigm shift in current and future work environments, Pentagon leaders remain focused on cultivating human capital through new approaches to training, talent development and recruitment.

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Defense Acquisition Builds Expertise, Modernization Through Public-Private Talent Exchange

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Public-Private Talent Exchange (PPTE) provides the opportunity for members of the defense acquisition workforce to complete a professional assignment with industry, while industry employees are deployed to DoD offices. The program is currently partnering with Amazon to build expertise and drive modernization.

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Cara L. Abercrombie

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition

Gary A. Ashworth

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition


Acquisition Data and Analytics

Enables the acquisition workforce with innovative, data-driven practices and policies to deliver warfighting capability at the speed of relevance.



Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management

Manages, analyzes, and informs acquisition and resourcing decisions in platform and weapon portfolios.



Strategic, Space, and Intelligence Portfolio Management

Manages, analyzes, and informs acquisition and resourcing decisions in strategic, space, and intelligence portfolios.



Defense Pricing and Contracting

Responsible for all pricing, contracting, and procurement policy matters, including e-Business, in the Department of Defense.



Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

Coordinates rapid acquisitions to meet current and emergent operational needs by quickly acquiring effective, innovative solutions.



Defense Contract Management Agency

Ensures timely delivery of quality products, and provides acquisition insight supporting affordability and readiness.



Defense Acquisition University

Provides a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements, and contingency professionals.