DIU’s Hacking Acquisition (HACQer) program is a Human Capital Initiative (HCI) to provide DoD acquisition professionals more hands-on training in understanding and applying Other Transaction authority. The program is a competitive, four-month detail to DIU that provides mid- to senior-level acquisition professionals the opportunity to understand and execute the DIU business model, empowering HACQer participants to leverage this underutilized authority at their home organizations.
Participants selected to the first installment of the program have already made an impact upon returning to their home organizations. Today, HACQer alumni are working on NAVSEA’s implementation of Other Transaction authorities, appointed to the USAF’s Rapid Sustainment Office, and leading the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Rapid Program Management Cell.
“My time at DIU offered a rare immersion into Silicon Valley,” said Nate Parker, Air Force Life Cycle Management in Dayton, Ohio. “In that ecosystem, organizations, people and communities think differently and the experience challenged my views on risk and willingness to view failure as part of the discovery process versus an end state. I look forward to bringing these lessons to the Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office.”
“My 4 months at DIU drove home the point that I need to continuously explore my approach to acquiring government systems,” said James Wedekind, Materiel Leader for Nuclear ISR at the Air Force Technical Application Center (AFTAC). “Upon my return to AFTAC, I have been better equipped to tackle tough problems and explore the new innovative acquisition approaches necessary to meet the needs of the operators at AFTAC who monitor the world for nuclear treaty compliance.”
DIU received substantially more HACQer applications in 2019, reflecting growing awareness of DIU within the defense acquisition community and interest in DIU’s unique position operating at the leading edge of commercial technology. DIU selected eight professionals to participate in this year’s HACQer program:
2019 HACQer Participants:
Jaylene Carteret - USAF, AFLCMC, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate/Business Systems Division, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex
Denzil Thomas, USAF, AFMC, Special Test and Operations Branch, Wright-Patterson AFB
Stephen Rapp, USA, Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center, Detroit Arsenal
Rajal Ganatra, USA, United States Army Medical Materiel Agency, Fort Detrick
Arthur Anderson, USN, Naval Sea Systems Command, Technology Office, Washington Navy Yard
Nicholas Boucher, USAF, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kirtland AFB
Mojan Khaghani, NGA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
Nicholas Stolten, USA, United States Army Armament, Research Engineering and Development Center, Picatinny Arsenal
These HACQers will work on projects across DIU’s five portfolios, including artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber, human systems, and space. During their time at DIU they will be embedded within our product management and acquisition teams. They will take part in projects that span the DIU program lifecycle in order to provide them with the greatest possible breadth of experience.
Pictured in thumbnail: Jaylene Carteret (left) and Denzil Thomas (right).