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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics – Human Capital Initiatives

Business—Cost Estimating

Career Responsibilities

Conduct life cycle cost estimating and analysis, cost research studies, and data base development as it relates to the development, production, fielding of material acquisition systems within the Department of Defense.


Degree Requirements

All degree fields. At least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics of statistics. At least 3 or the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.


Functional Leader

Dr. Nancy Spruill portrait

Business - Cost Estimating

Dr. Nancy Spruill was appointed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) to serve as the Business Acquisition Workforce (AWF) Functional Leader (FL). As such, she oversees and manages the development of requirements for the community and serves as the senior Department of Defense subject matter expert and proponent for all functional related areas. She establishes and maintains education, training, and experience requirements, which include competencies, certification standards, and position category descriptions. She advises the USD(AT&L) on the implementation of Business community workforce programs. As the Business AWF FL, Dr. Spruill also provides strategic direction and guidance to the Business Functional Integrated Product Team (FIPT). The FIPT includes Component functional experts and acquisition career managers, and it is supported by advisors and instructional systems designers from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).