Research Reports

Quarterly Research Forums: AIRC and the Defense Acquisition University

February 2024

October 2023

AUTHORS: Ms. Kara Pepe1

AIRC collaborated with the Defense Acquisition University to host quarterly research forums (QRFs) featuring presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions on research and training opportunities. AIRC experts presented relevant research and received feedback from faculty and practitioners in the field, while also providing DAU with insightful views on its curricula initiatives and challenges in support of acquisition missions of the Department of Defense (DoD).

AIRC established a team of leading academia experts from broad disciplines such as law, policy, business, management, education, engineering, and data science that relate to the breadth of acquisition functions. All QRFs were held virtually with continuous learning points (CLPs) provided.

These quarterly engagements were so well received by the defense acquisition community that DAU is contracting with AIRC to collaborate on an additional set of briefings in the 2023-2024 academic year focused on mega-projects. This area of future research focuses on data visualization, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML), as well as other topics to aid in the management of large DoD programs.