Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium

"Better Buying Power: Do We Have It Right?"

August 5 - 6, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building

Washington, D.C.


Continuing Education Symposium Breaking News

Sessions and workshops may qualify for CATEGORY B PDUs for PMI® credential renewal requirements.

Members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce may qualify for continuous learning points (CLPs) at the rate of .5 point/hour for a maximum of 4 points/day attendance at the Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium.

More information here.

  • Click here to view SIGNAL Magazine's coverage of the event

  • The Honorable Frank Kendall, III, Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is confirmed for Tuesday Morning Keynote. Click here to view coverage from DoD News.
  • Mr. James McAleese, Principal, McAleese Associates, P.C., is confirmed for Wednesday morning's 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address.

  • The African Leaders Summit, scheduled for August 4-6, will cause some traffic issues for those driving to the Symposium.  Alternative transportation is recommended.  (Metro anticipates minimal delays).  For those who must drive, be sure to view the press release and the map of expected closures.

  • Certain sessions now qualify for various Continuing Education credits.  See the Justify Your Participation page for additional details.
  • WPI's white paper is now posted to the Sponsor Page. Click here to see our Sponsors and their related white-papers



"The Better Buying Power approach identifies areas of acquisition where the greatest good can be achieved and tries to attack those opportunities.  As we learn from our experience, we periodically make adjustments and bring in new ideas. We reject ideas that don't work."
The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) ~ July 10, 2014

The first annual Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium will be hosted by AFCEA in Washington, D.C. and will highlight “Better Buying Power” as it is applied to government, industry, and academia. This event will include leaders from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA)), along with Industry leaders to provide updates and exchanges among scholars and practitioners of public sector acquisition. Participants and attendees will represent a broad range of acquisition expertise from academia, government, and industry that are shaping acquisition modernization.


The format will include plenary speakers, panels, workshops, and breakout sessions to meet the needs of all attendees.  The workshops will be two hour sessions focused on topical issues and will capture feedback from attendees to support or recommend changes to acquisition processes. The breakout sessions will provide attendees a chance to dialogue about acquisition issues with speakers and colleagues. Attendees will leave with not only a greater understanding of “Better Buying Power”, but also some of the acquisition changes and challenges facing government and industry. Attendees at this symposium will be able to contribute to acquisition change through participatory engagement. This symposium will be one of a kind and limited to 700 attendees.

Registration: Email Scott Amos or call 703-631-6128

Connie Shaw or Paul doCarmo

All other questions: Email Daniel Lama or call 703-631-6209

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