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Focus week to address topics from rapid acquisition to work/life balance

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Numerous courses covering a multitude of topics will be available to Hanscom personnel during this quarter’s Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Focus Week, July 22 to 26.

Due to the popularity of the previous classes offered at Hanscom on rapid acquisition presented by Hanscom’s Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE), many on-site courses will once again highlight that topic.

“The mission of the Acquisition Center of Excellence is to provide expert advice and hands-on assistance to the acquisition workforce and leadership to instill credibility, excellence and innovation in the Air Force acquisition and sustainment process,” said Dr. Charles Kelley, ACE chief at Hanscom. “To this end, the ACE develops training modules to help our workforce understand rapid acquisition and the tools available to achieve acquisition at the speed of relevancy.”

For this session, the Hanscom ACE and AQ Center Test Authority will be conducting four courses. “NDAA Section 804” provides an in-depth view of rapid prototyping and fielding. “Market Research… Finding the Better Mousetrap” details conducting market research in a rapid environment. “Acquisition Streamlining” is aimed at helping program teams shorten the timeline to contract award by leveraging best practices. Finally the CTA will be providing a class on “Testing Rapid Acquisition Programs,” describing the synergy between the test and program management communities in delivering capability to the warfighter.

Kelley said these courses support the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive Dr. Will Roper’s tenet of “Rapid Acquisition – Speed with Discipline.”

Also taking place at Hanscom are several logistics offerings, which range from “Contracting 101 for the Logistician” through “Maintenance Planning and Execution.” Other classes on-site include “FedRAMP role in DoD Cloud Authorization,” “Microsoft Project 2016,” “Command Human Resources Intelligence System (CHRIS)” and ones that deal with Earned Value Management.

As with past sessions, some classes are available through distance learning. For the July session, those courses cover areas including program management, engineering and foreign military sales. Personnel can participate in sessions such as “Introduction to Open Architecture,” “Scientific and Technical Information (STINFO),” “Acquisition Security: Program Protection Planning,” “Intro to the FMS Case Financial Dashboard (CFD)” and “Work/Life Balance – The Never Ending Pursuit.”

Those with Air Force network access can view a schedule here. In addition, the full schedule is available on the Acquisition Now Continuous Learning website at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/acqnowcl/. Logon with your CAC, then click on “Apply for a CL event” and search for AFLCMC Focus Week and the dates in the event provider to view the courses and/or register.

Organizers say Focus Week is set aside quarterly to accomplish mandatory leadership and acquisition training and allow the workforce to gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines. Many courses provide attendees the opportunity to earn continuous learning points.

For additional information contact the AFLCMC Focus Week POC, Jason Sibrel, at jason.sibrel@us.af.mil.