AIRC-DAU Quarterly Research Forum: December 2022

Friday, December 9, 2022

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

What will the future of Defense Acquisition look like? What policies, procedures, and priorities will characterize Defense Acquisition in the next five years? If you are a leader or emerging leader in the Defense Acquisition Workforce, you are probably interested in the answers to these questions.

AIRC and Defense Acquisition University (DAU) are partnering to bring you a forum to gain insight into the future of Defense Acquisition.  AIRC principal investigators will present their research and you, the acquisition practitioners, can provide feedback on that research and share insights and lessons learned from your experiences as practitioners.


Lt. Col. Dan Finkenstadt,  Naval Postgraduate School
Lt. Col. Dan Finkenstadt
Naval Postgraduate School

Lt. Col. Dan Finkenstadt, USAF is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Defense Management offering courses in Enterprise Sourcing. He completed his Ph.D. in Marketing from Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has over 19 years of contracting experience in operational (base level), systems center, headquarters, joint, overseas and classified environments. He is also a graduate of NPS (M.B.A., 2011).

Dr. Rob Handfield, North Carolina State University
Dr. Robert Handfield
North Carolina State University

Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University and director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. He also serves as an adjunct professor with the Supply Chain Management Research Group at the Manchester Business School.

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Mr. Mark Steblin

Mark Steblin is a Professor of Program Management at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Mid-Atlantic in California, MD.  He teaches program management courses and workshops.  Prior to DAU, Brian served 25 years as a Program Manager (PM) in the Air Force, 3 years in the defense industry, and 14 years in civil service as a civilian serving as a Deputy PEO in United States Special Operations Command.  His acquisition awards include a Packard Award and Better Buying Power Award.

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Mr. Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz is a Professor of Program Management and Executive Coach at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Ft Belvoir, VA.  He teaches program management courses and workshops and is the course manager for ACQ 315, Understanding Industry.  Prior to DAU, Brian served as a Program Manager (PM) in the Air Force and in defense industry.  He has previously presented at several conferences and authored multiple articles for the Defense Acquisition Magazine, including topics related to rapid acquisition, financial management reform, critical thinking, and high performing teams.  His most recent article, “An Acquisition Speed Manifesto,” provides values and principles for more rapid acquisition in DoD.