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William Lucyshyn

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William Lucyshyn is a research professor and the director of research at the Center for Governance of Technology and Systems, in the School of Public Policy, at the University of Maryland. In this position, he directs research on critical policy issues related to the increasingly complex problems associated with improving public sector management and operations, and how government works with private enterprise. He has authored numerous reports, book chapters, and journal articles. Previously, Lucyshyn served as a program manager and the principal technical advisor to the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the identification, selection, research, development, and prototype production of advanced technology projects. Prior to that, he was an active duty Air Force officer, and had a variety of assignments in planning and operations, program management and engineering.

Areas of Interest
  • Acquisition & procurement; sustainment science; defense industry; cybersecurity policy
3 Credit(s)

Provides an overview of federal acquisition as one of the basic functions of government. Specific focus will be on the scope of acquisition, including organizational structures, regulations, and issues of acquisition processes and management, from the development of an initial capability or need, through design, development, production, fielding, sustainment, and disposal. Introduces the principles and concepts that underlie successful acquisition management – from major systems development and production, through buying services and common commodities; with a special consideration of state and local levels. Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
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Government, at all levels, spends trillions of tax dollars each year on goods and services.  The increasing complex interplay of acquiring, maintaining, and securing these goods and services remains a fundamental supporting activity. To do so government acquisition must be managed and secured in an effective and efficient manner throughout the entire acquisition cycle, from requirements development, through sustainment and disposal.

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