Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Launches New DAU Knowledge Repository (KR)

DAU's research and support staff are always ready to help with the information needs of the Defense Acquisition Workforce.

DAU's research and support staff are always ready to help with the information needs of the Defense Acquisition Workforce.

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is a U.S. Government corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW).  DAU serves as a learning partner to the DAW to provide the acquisition professional with everything from formal courses and continuous learning modules to knowledge sharing assets and consulting. These learning assets are meant to help the acquisition professional develop and manage acquisition programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation's warfighters the best-equipped armed forces in the world.

Additional information about the DAU can be found on the Defense Acquisition University website.

In January 2017, the DAU Performance Learning Directorate launched an important new DAU Knowledge Repository (KR) capability for the DAW.

Several years in the making, this new site provides a central repository of pertinent and valuable information/resources that directly support the DAW.  In addition to free, unlimited access to a wide range of databases, publications and resources like the Harvard Business Review and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, the site provides access to company profiles, market research reports and even unique tools such as Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) guides that provide timely information on 155 MDAP programs. The new website also includes archives, articles, book summaries, data, dissertations, eBooks, news, papers, profiles, reports, speeches, theses, videos, and more.  These assets have been specifically selected for their value to the defense acquisition workforce – both in accomplishing your job and helping you expand your “situational awareness” of today’s complex acquisition environment.

The new DAU KR website is intended to augment, support, and reinforce the extensive resources already available from existing Acquisition Community Connection (ACC) Communities of Practice, the Defense Acquisition Portal (DAP), and ACQuipedia.  The website provides workforce members with access to 33 separate databases that capture important features of the defense acquisition domain -- both inside and outside of .mil -- including licensed subscriptions from EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Defense Daily, and GALE. The website also offers a federated searching capability through ProQuest “Summon” that enables the user to conduct a “one-stop” search of all these resources.

In addition, three of KR’s own products are also featured on this website:

  • MDAP Guides – providing concise and comprehensive information on each of 160 major programs
  • DoD Agencies/Cyber Agencies Visualizers – providing deep situational awareness across a multitude of sources
  • Additional KR-produced products scheduled to be rolled out later this year.

Several additional “assets of note” include:

  • Over 310,000 eBooks on a wide variety of professional topics
  • The Harvard Business Publishing products suite, including the Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Videos
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
  • EBSCOhost’s Company Profiles / Company Information and ProQuest’s Hoover’s Company Records / Market Research Reports

In addition to the website’s embedded resources, the expertise of the DAU Knowledge Repository librarians can be reached via a simple query using a readily available Ask-a-Librarian request form.

NOTE: The DAU Knowledge Repository can only be accessed by authorized government (civilian and military) members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW) by logging in to the repository with a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) or Single Sign On (SSO) username and password. 

However, many of DAU's learning assets are available to defense industry and academic agencies supporting the U.S. Government defense community.  If you are not currently profiled for access to the DAU KR website, try the DAU Library for access to other DAU online library, research, and publication resources.