Tuesday, July 11, 2023
from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM PDT

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This is a Hybrid Event

Online via ZOOM
Live at The Aerospace Corp. D8/1010
200 N Aviation Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245


Rick Hefner
INCOSE Los Angeles Chapter
(310) 500-8992

5:30pm   Sign-In, Networking

6:00pm  President's Introduction

6:15pm   Speaker Presentation

7:15pm    Questions

7:30pm   Meeting Close

Randolph Willard

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INCOSE-LA July 22nd Online Workshop
Problem Solving & Root Cause Analysis
Professor Randolph Willard,
Defense Acquisition University

Prof. Willard leads a workshop for problem solving and root cause analysis.


This three-hour workshop introduces problem solving and root cause analysis. Participants will create an optimal problem statement for an actual industry issue, and then use problem solving tools to identify several potential root causes. Once several potential root causes have been identified, participants will use additional tools to down select to the most likely root cause. As time allows, participants will work through more than one example, from creation of a problem statement through identification of several potential causes, to down-select to a most likely root cause.

Randolph Willard is a retired career nuclear submarine officer with over twenty years of active-duty U.S. Navy experience operating, testing, and evaluating Fast Attack and Strategic Ballistic Missile submarines. Mr. Willard’s Navy tours included Chief Nuclear Engineer on a Strategic Ballistic Missile submarine, Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Nuclear Prototype Unit in Idaho Falls, Idaho, as well as acquisition and program management tours at Naval Sea Systems Command and PEO Submarines in Washington, DC where he achieved DAWIA Level III certification in Program Management.

Since retiring from active duty, Mr. Willard has spent over twenty years in executive and leadership positions in the defense industry and as Professor of Program Management at the Defense Acquisition University, Western Region, San Diego, CA. Mr. Willard’s acquisition and program management experience includes direct support to Naval Sea Systems Command, PEO Submarines, Strategic Systems Program Office, SPAWAR, PEO C4I, PEO EIS, ICBM Systems Program Office, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Kansas City National Security Campus, Draper, Lockheed Martin, Viasat, Northrop Grumman, and U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.

Mr. Willard’s background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University, U.S. Navy nuclear engineering training, and post-graduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University School of Management, Defense Systems Management College, and Defense Nuclear Weapons School. Mr. Willard’s educational experience includes teaching DoD Acquisition, DoD/DOE Nuclear Weapons Acquisition, Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and other courses to active-duty military, government personnel, and defense contractors throughout the United States.

Mr. Willard is available for consulting services and speaking engagements on DoD/DOE Acquisition, Program Management, Business Development, and Foreign Military Sales. His email is: dodacq@gmail.com