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SMC PMAG, Aerospace Corp. Sponsoring Integrated Program Management Symposium

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Space and Missile Systems Center's Program Management Assistance Group and The Aerospace Corporation are sponsoring a symposium titled "The Relentless Pursuit of Integrated Program Management Excellence," which will provide a forum for acquisition professionals from government and industry to collaborate with their peers through presentations, tutorials and panel discussions. The symposium is scheduled to be held at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Feb. 9 and 10.

Comprised of members from across SMC, the PMAG Team seeks to enhance the probability of successful mission accomplishments for SMC and across the Air Force acquisition field. The group consists of an integrated program management staff that supplements and assists the wings' efforts by providing advice, training, and lessons learned; and augmenting organic capability from cradle to grave, for every major defense acquisition program that needs its expertise. The hands-on experience and program know-how PMAG provides are hard to come by because too often, military and civilian personnel rotate out of their positions as soon as they become subject matter experts. PMAG Team members provide an integrated program management team by providing knowledge, expertise and training that a wing may lack on its own.

The key to PMAG's methodology is its multi-disciplinary team approach in which every participant brings a unique expertise to the table. Team members don't merely exchange ideas; they jointly mitigate program deficiencies for their customers. Such business cases include development of requirements definitions, acquisition strategies, requests for proposal, source selections, integrated baseline reviews, design reviews and deployment processes, as addressed within the PMAG framework. Such collaborative relationships spark further collaborations between programs - creating a cycle of success.

PMAG's overall function in startup assistance efforts is to formulate integrated life cycle risks to support the PMAG's life cycle program assurance framework. The integrated baseline review leads to assembly, subsystem, element, segment, and system-level program design reviews followed by detailed specifications reviews, design review data packages and the formulation of additional risks. The group works with programs to mitigate risks and stays with a program for as long as the organization needs it.