The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) is responsible for ensuring the career development and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce, which consists of approximately 40,000 acquisition civilian and military members. This workforce resides 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), and the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to enable workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce.
Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter
By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 4, 2015) — Members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW) can access updated career news and information in the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter published by the director, acquisition career management (DACM). Produced by the Army DACM Office since 2012, the publication highlights current career news, development opportunities, new offerings, policy changes and updates relevant to the AAW. “We are really focused on supporting the workforce by serving as their one-stop shop for everything career-related,” said Diane Murtha, concept and policy development chief in the Army DACM Office. “This newsletter is a primary vehicle for us to provide regular news and information to the AAW, and it’s one of the top publications read on our website.” Murtha’s team is responsible for providing content for each edition. In this issue, readers can meet the members of the Army DACM Office and find out about the recent realignment at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center; be the first to access the Defense Acquisition University’s FY 16 offerings; learn about a new pilot program for acquisition leaders; and stay on top of current programs like the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader program, open through June 18. The newsletter also features a segment on mentoring and links to a new webpage available to support mentoring across the workforce. The next edition is set to publish in August. The Army DACM Office encourages feedback for content in future editions—send your ideas and recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Related posts: DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA Graduates Recognized, New Fellows Enrolled at CDG/AAF Capstone Event U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Selects 51C NCOs
ASA(ALT) launches second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition
By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (June 1, 2015) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition issues. “It is important that members of the acquisition workforce and other interested individuals drive the dialogue about meeting and overcoming challenges in delivering capabilities to our Soldiers now and in the future,” said Williamson. “This writing competition was created to allow members of the acquisition community to tell their own stories to internal and external stakeholders.” The competition is open to everyone and seeks maximum participation, especially by members of the defense acquisition workforce. The inaugural competition launched in June 2014 and resulted in 114 submissions from across the defense acquisition workforce, including all services and several commands worldwide. The entries were judged by a panel of experts ranging from retired general officers, industry experts, journalists and defense acquisition leaders. The 2014 winners and honorable mentions were published in a supplement accompanying the April 2015 edition of Army AL&T magazine. The winners were also honored at the U.S. Army Acquisition and Contracting Awards ceremony held in Huntsville, Alabama, last April. “I was very impressed by the quality of papers submitted in the first competition,” Williamson said. “In my mind, the real winners of this competition are the Army, the acquisition profession, and the many people who read these essays and benefit from the insights, experience, thoughts and recommendations.” Authors may write articles, opinion pieces, or essays from 500 words to 1,800 words on U.S. Army acquisition in one of four categories including acquisition reform/Better Buying Power; future operations; innovation; or lessons learned. The submitted works must be unclassified, original, not previously published or submitted to a writing competition, and completed during fiscal year 2015. Four award winners will be selected, one in each category with four additional works selected for honorable mention. The deadline for submissions is midnight Aug. 16, 2015, to email@example.com. Additional information about the competition is found at http://www.army.mil/asaalt, including the ‘call for submissions’. The winners will be recognized at the annual U.S. Army Acquisition and Contracting Awards ceremony to be held in late 2015, and their submissions along with the honorable mentions will be published in Army AL&T magazine. The acquisition writing competition is named for Maj. Gen. Greene, the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, who was killed by an Afghan Soldier Aug. 5, 2014, while making a visit to Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 14, 2014. “Harry Greene was a Soldier, a leader, a mentor, and a friend who inspired all of us to tackle complex problems on behalf of Soldiers,” Williamson said. “I can think of no better way to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service than by having this award named for him.” Call for submissions instructions Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Time for Talent DACM Corner: AcqDemo: Rewarding Excellence Army wins top award for innovation
Army DACM Office efforts echo senior Army leader direction
Recently, senior Army leaders published two tri-signed memos: Army Civilians – A Critical Component of the Army Total Force, highlighting the importance of two-way communication between supervisors and employees; and Army Supervisor – Employee Engagement, which provides leaders with focused areas to improve communication. These messages highlight strategic components of the Army DACM’s talent management initiatives, which include both individual and leader accountability. Talent management challenges are complex and sustainment of the AAW depends upon the investment we make today. We must use the tools, processes and programs currently in place to ensure we develop our workforce. There is no substitute for proactive, day-to-day personnel development and management. It is incumbent upon supervisors to work with their employees to develop their IDPs and professional and organizational goals. The Army DACM Office webpage offers tools to assist supervisors in this area such as the Mentoring Toolkit and the Acquisition Career Field Models. Additionally, it’s imperative that AAW members take responsibility for their own career development. The Army DACM Office website also includes career development tools for employees including —Career Field Models, the PM Handbook, leader development opportunities, tuition-assistance programs, and others. Employees should discuss these tools with their supervisors and develop a meaningful plan together. Communication is the basic first step to ensuring we develop leaders who can prepare the force for the future. This article was originally published in the June 2015 issue of the DACM Newsletter. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner: March 2011 Update New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training Acquisition Education and Training Corner: January 2012 Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program II Registration Extended
Faces of the Force
Chenxi Dong-O’Malley began her Army civilian career a dozen years ago, working on protective clothing and equipment for Soldiers at the Natick Solider Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). “Most people are unaware of the amount of technology development that’s behind the gear our Soldiers use,” she noted. “They see the end product, but not the trial and error that eventually led to it, or all the early research or the options that were eliminated because they weren’t feasible to meet a requirement.”
It’s likely that the subset of people with master’s degrees in forestry and wood utilization sciences who work in defense acquisition is very small in number. And it’s possible that it’s a subset of just one: Meet David Cook, an industrial engineer in the Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO) for Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS).
Boston native Ulysses “Uly” Perea doesn’t have the accent that most people from his part of the country are known for. “It gets stronger as I get closer to home,” he said. But spend some time learning about his background and his work, and you’ll likely describe him like the locals would: “wicked smaht” and “a real hahd workah.”
Lisa Benjamin isn’t big on down time. Two weeks after she graduated from high school in 1982, she headed for Army basic training. She spent 21 years on active duty, and six months later she began working for the Army as a civilian—work she’s done for more than a decade. She’s reached some notable milestones along the way, a few in less time than it usually takes.
James A. Bushnell
When Jim Bushnell joined the Army in 1984, his goal was fairly simple: to make sure he knew where his next meal was coming from. While the Army isn’t known for gourmet cooking, it is known for feeding Soldiers—and for training them, something Bushnell has made the most of.
James C. Risner
When opportunity knocks, you have to open the door. Some people, like Jim Risner, just go on out to the front porch and grab it by the lapels. “I joined the Department of the Army because of the opportunities the program provided,” Risner said, looking back on an Army career that began nearly 30 years ago. “Little did I realize how great those opportunities would be.”