The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is a one-stop shop for everything acquisition career-related. Your Army DACM Office is responsible for ensuring acquisition career development, talent management initiatives, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). The AAW consists of approximately 37,000 Army acquisition civilian and military leaders and professionals residing in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices, and direct reporting units.
The Army DACM Office works directly with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) (USD AT&L), and the USD AT&L Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) Office to enable acquisition workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the AAW.
Senior leaders offer guidance to future acquisition leaders at AALPC
By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 22, 2016) – The fourth Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) concluded last week, with 33 students from across the Army Acquisition Workforce in attendance at Arlington, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), developed the course and launched the pilot in April 2015. He kicked off the November course speaking to students about what to expect in their new roles. “Learn and understand what it takes to get from A to Z,” said Williamson. “Our job is to deliver capability to our Soldiers and sometimes it’s a bumpy ride. The way that you can help is to help educate.” The attendees included newly selected centralized selection list (CSL) product managers, acquisition directors and contracting commanders, as well as the recently established central selection board product directors (PDs). Approximately 90 percent of the participants will be CSL new starts ready to assume command this coming summer, while the remaining 10 percent of the class comprised recent PD incumbents who assumed command this past summer. Mr. Craig Spisak, director U.S. Army Acquisition Center, makes closing remarks at the fourth AALPC. (Photos by Michelle Strother, SAIC) “This is the fourth course, and we are always working to make it better. We actively solicit feedback from students, speakers, facilitators and leaders and use that feedback to continue to improve each iteration of the course” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and deputy DACM. USAASC is responsible for coordinating and overseeing AALPC. Spisak also served as the moderator throughout the five-day course. The course is designed to generate thought and discussion about a host of challenges that future acquisition leaders likely will face when they get into their new jobs and learn from accomplished leaders and seasoned practitioners who have faced similar challenges. AALPC is an additional course to the pre-command courses offered at Fort Leavenworth, Defense Acquisition University and the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence. The Hon. Steffanie Easter, the senior official performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive, shared advice with the students. “When you’re engaging with senior leadership, be succinct and know your message,” she said. “Never assume you know what your leadership is thinking. … You have to own your message, and be comfortable knowing you’re right. Own your message and own your program.” Over the five-day course, a variety of senior leaders from DOD and industry spoke to the group covering a wide range of topics, including; leadership, effective communication, talent and organizational management, risk identification and management, budget, and how to operate effectively in a complex environment. Industry speakers included John Savona, director of manufacturing at Ford Motor Co.; Jennifer Chronis, general manager at Amazon Web Services; and Robert Carpenter, senior vice president of business operations at Sierra Nevada Corp. Ms. Jennifer Chronis, Amazon Training with Industry representative leads a speed networking session at the fourth AALPC. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke about the correlation between time and quality. “If you want basic quality, it can be done fast,” he said. “Consider the quality of product you want. You’re better off doing the regular acquisition process. But you made need to use rapid acquisition for operational urgency and save lives.” The course also helps participants better understand the dynamics of the environment in which they operate, know their roles and the roles of their subordinates, to capture lessons learned and to develop an outline for what it takes to run an organization as an Army acquisition leader. “There is natural friction between program managers and the contracting office,” explained Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement Harry Hallock. “You need to make sure you accept that natural friction and be prepared and willing to work together. Don’t be afraid to bring the contracting folks into the process early. They can be useful in fashioning requirements.” One student emphasized the networking benefits that the course provides as a result of hearing from various leaders and subject matter experts and discussing issues within his peer group. “This course helps us start the transition from major or action officer to a leader of an enterprise,” said Lt. Col. Shermoan Daiyaan. “It gives us the opportunity to start thinking and talking about things specific to the acquisition corps. It’s a mental transition that’s important and we’re starting that now. … The opportunity to network is also beneficial because we’re getting to know people who can help us solve problems.” The Army DACM Office plans to conduct two courses each year, in the spring and fall, to train the centrally selected managers before they assume their new positions. The next session is scheduled for April 2017 in the Washington area. See more images of the course on the USAASC Flickr site. The fourth AALPC was attended by 33 participants from across the acquisition leadership. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: DACM Corner: AcqDemo: Rewarding Excellence Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2011 Update Acquisition Education and Training Corner: March 2011 Update Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success
HCSP virtual town hall a big success
With more than 1,000 participants signing in from across the country, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), hosted a live, virtual town hall forum via milSuite on Oct. 20, addressing more than 40 questions from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) regarding the recently launched AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). The forum featured a lively exchange of questions, feedback and ideas between Williamson and the AAW. Some of the topics that were covered included: Strengthening the alignment between Career Programs and Acquisition Career Fields. Understanding selection board ratings and determinations. Mentoring. Addressing capability gaps created by the anticipated increase in the retirement rate. Employee incentives. Civilian Education System Advanced Course quotas. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, DACM, and Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, USAASC answered questions received from the Army Acquisition Workforce about the HCSP during the live Town Hall in milSuite on Oct. 20. (Photos by Vincent Nguyen) “The HCSP virtual town hall provided a method for discussion that is less intimidating than asking a question at an in-person town hall in front of a large group,” said David Grieco, a chemist with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. “This unique medium enabled those from across the country to engage Lt. Gen. Williamson simultaneously in an environment not possible years ago.” Williamson and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s (USAASC) Army DACM Office thank milSuite for hosting this virtual forum and all those who submitted questions and participated. Nearly 1,040 users logged in, with 31 participants creating discussions and 122 commenting, replying or rating those discussions. A large number of substantive questions were submitted, and those that were not answered during the session were answered via milSuite on Oct. 21. They’re included in the Q&A document on the AAW HCSP website at http://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/. HCSP developments can also be found by following USAASC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Williamson encouraged those who were unable to join the forum to visit http://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/ to read the AAW HCSP brochure, view HCSP information and review the event’s Q&A transcript. “As we move forward with the implementation of this plan, I urge you all to stay engaged,” he said. “Keep the conversation going by regularly checking the website and following us on social media using #AAWStrong. Thank you for your hard work and your outstanding service you provide to the Army, our Soldiers and our country.” The DACM Office gathered with Lt. Gen. Williamson and Mr. Craig Spisak (center) for a photo at the conclusion of the HCSP Town Hall. The DACM office members in the photo include: Jennifer Farlow, Randy Williams, Joan Sable, Jack Kendall, Stephanie Watson, Tom Evans, Jason Pitts, Scott Greene, Brian Winters, John Kelly, Wen Lin and milSuite representative, Megan Cronhardt. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: DACM Corner: In Search of Contingency Contracting Officers and NCOs Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16
Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan
FT. BELVOIR, Va. (October 13, 2016) – The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office released the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (AAW HCSP) today. This five-year plan focuses on improving the readiness of the Army’s 37,000 acquisition professionals. Over the past year, representative stakeholders from across the AAW met to identify, understand, and address the greatest strengths and challenges facing the AAW. The plan that emerged focuses on the following five key themes: workforce planning; professional development; leadership development; employee engagement; and communication and collaboration. The AAW HCSP establishes clearly defined goals, objectives and initiatives, institutionalizing an enduring human capital planning process for the entire AAW. The plan supports every acquisition professional’s career from recruitment-to retention-to retirement. “It’s about readiness, the Army’s number one priority. Our acquisition workforce must remain ready to provide the equipment and services Soldiers need to win across multiple missions, conditions and geographies.” said Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and DACM Williamson will host a Virtual Town Hall via milSuite on October 20, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. ET to discuss the Army’s new plan with his workforce. All AAW members are encouraged to attend and submit questions in advance via https://www.milsuite.mil/book/hcsptownhall. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/hcsp/. Related posts: It’s all in the delivery Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available Investing in People