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Abstract

There is a dearth of evidence regarding whether and to what extent specific workforce issues contribute to poor outcomes. The paper contains a description of some of the key concerns related to the defense acquisition workforce as well as an overview of the defense acquisition workforce and the policy environment influencing its management. The author also highlights areas where better evidence is needed to understand the linkage between workforce attributes and acquisition outcomes, and recommends steps for assembling the information needed to make, refine or dismiss the case for major new hiring or training initiatives.

The research described in this report was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Th e research was conducted in the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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